Board Certified

So What Does it Mean to be a Board Certified DUI Defense Attorney?

Board Certification is a means of recognizing lawyers who meet the criteria established by the Board of Regents for the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD):

  • Extensive experience trying DWI/DUI cases and litigating pre-trial issues,
  • A broad knowledge of the science involved in testing for intoxicants, and
  • A command of the legal process on which DWI/DUI cases are framed.

To even be eligible to "sit for" board certification, an applicant must first demonstrate prior DWI/DUI defense trial experience to include at least fifty-five contested DWI/DUI cases within the three years prior to examination and submit several judicial and attorney recommendations.

If selected to participate in the certification process, applicants must pass a written examination administered by the Regents of the National College for DUI Defense on various topics, including:

  • Constitutional law,
  • Breath and blood alcohol testing,
  • Alcohol absorption and elimination physiology,
  • Field sobriety testing, and
  • Professional ethics.

Applicants must also draft and argue an appellate brief before a panel of Regents from the National College for DUI Defense.

In 2017, Brad J. Williams became the first and only Board Certified DUI Defense Attorney in the State of Arkansas and one of only 51 at the time in the entire United States.  Should you hire a board certified attorney to represent you in your Arkansas DWI / DUI case?  Well, would you choose a surgeon to operate on you if they weren't board certified?