Continuing Legal Education

Beginner DUI and Traffic Law Updates – Fall 2017

October 6, 2017
8:55 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (breakfast served prior)
6.75 MCLE hours

East Peoria
Holiday Inn & Suites
101 Holiday Street
(map and directions)


Join us for a comprehensive look at a number of key traffic law issues, including Illinois’ new case law and legislation that may affect your next client. Attorneys with beginner levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will learn:

  • The differences between hospital blood draws and law enforcement blood draws;
  • How Missouri v. McNeely has impacted blood draws to check DUIs;
  • How evidential and preliminary breath testing instruments work;
  • The fundamentals of a statutory summary suspension hearing;
  • The factors prosecutors may consider when litigating traffic cases;
  • How to handle the unique needs of clients with a lifetime revoked license who are now living in another state; and
  • Much more!

Program Coordinator:
J. Brick Van Der Snick
, Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd., St. Charles

Program Moderator:
Jeffrey R. Hall
, Hall, Rustom, & Fritz, LLC, Peoria

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nominal fee via the registration page.



8:30 – 8:55 a.m.  Complimentary Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Alcohol Detection Systems

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.  Introduction and Opening Remarks
Jeffrey R. Hall
, Hall, Rustom, & Fritz, LLC, Peoria

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Law Enforcement Blood v. ER Blood
Gain a better understanding of the various distinctions between hospital blood and law enforcement blood with this informative segment, as well as how Missouri v. McNeely has ultimately affected subsequent decisions in DUI cases.
Thomas M. Moran, Ahern & Moran, Palatine

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  ISP Evidentiary Instruments & Preliminary Breath Tests
Take advantage of this opportunity to see the actual instruments used every day by law enforcement. Give them a try yourself and see how they work while learning the basic principles of breath testing and where to find the regulations governing their operation in the administrative rules.
Nancy G. Easum, Illinois State Police Legal Office, Springfield
Trooper Robert D. Wilson, Illinois State Police, Springfield

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)
Sponsored by Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  Basic Summary Suspension Law: The Fundamentals of a Statutory Summary Suspension Hearing
Get the basic information you need to handle statutory summary suspension hearings as Judge Berg discusses pleadings, grounds for rescission, simplified hearings, and the common mistakes attorneys make. More importantly, learn how to allow this proceeding to complement (rather than hinder!) both prosecuting and defending underlying DUI action.
Hon. Joel D. Berg, McHenry County Government Center, Woodstock

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.  New Case Law & Legislation
Don’t miss this comprehensive overview of Illinois’ new traffic law legislation and case law updates.
Adam M. Miller, Van Der Snick Law Firm, Ltd., St. Charles

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  Driver’s Licenses and Aggravated Speeding Tickets, including Court Supervision, GDL, and CDL Issues
This presentation updates you on a number drivers’ license issues, including aggravated speeding tickets, court supervision, GDL and CDL issues.
Ted Harvatin, Harvatin Law Offices, Springfield

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  Perspective from the State When Handling DUI and Traffic Cases
This segment examines a variety of DUI and traffic law related issues, including: plea negotiations, the factors prosecutors may consider when litigating traffic cases, common motions, and the bread and butter issues that traffic defense attorneys regularly address.
Jeremy J. Richey, Moultrie County State’s Attorney’s Office, Sullivan

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by Smart Start

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.  Representing Out-of-State Lifetime Revoked Drivers in Secretary of State Clearance Cases
Become comfortable with this new opportunity to serve your clients by learning how to deal with the unique needs of Illinois “lifers” now residing in other states. Topics include: the level of scrutiny the Secretary of State gives these type of clients and how to show the worth of non-Illinois treatment history.
Anthony B. Cameron, Cameron Law Offices, Quincy

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Cannabis DUI (a7) and New Cannabis Law
On July 29, 2016, Governor Rauner signed bipartisan legislation (Public Act 99-0697) that reduces the severity of possession of small amounts of cannabis and drug paraphernalia, and changes its classification from a criminal offense to a civil offense with a maximum fine of $100-$200 per violation. Moreover, the law repealed “zero tolerance” for cannabis-related DUI’s in place of a “per se” measurement, similar to alcohol-related DUIs. As one of the drafters of this section of the bill, our speaker provides background information into the reasons why the law changed and what practitioners should focus on when prosecuting and defending clients under the new laws.
Jeffrey R. Hall, Hall, Rustom, & Fritz, LLC, Peoria

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.  Q&A