Defending DUI: Case Outline

Defending DUI: Case Outline by Ashley L. SchiavoneThe Updated Edition by Ashley Schiavone

Schiavone Law Group is proud of the work we do to help our fellow lawyers and community members. The book, Defending DUI: Case Outline by Ashley Schiavone has been updated and released by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Georgia (ICLEGA), so we asked her to explain the purpose and use of the outline:

What is the background of this book? Who is it for?

The idea was to create a quick reference guide for attorneys who are in court dealing with legal issues that may arise in Motion Hearings, Trial and Administrative License Hearings.  It is also meant to be used as a starting point for anyone who may want to do legal research at home.

How will this book be used?

When an attorney is presented with a particular legal issue in a DUI case, it can often be cumbersome to sift through pages and pages of legal books.  I wanted to create something that would be quick, precise and to the point.

How will having this knowledge help attorneys be more effective in court?

The handbook covers all significant areas of defending DUI: from the stop… to the sentencing.  This includes issues such as

  • Reasonable articulable suspicion for the stop
  • Actual, physical control of a moving vehicle
  • Probable cause for arrest
  • Field sobriety and custody issues
  • BOLO (be on the lookout) stops
  • Roadblocks
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus evaluation (HGN)
  • Trial practice
  • Due process
  • Similar transactions
  • Implied consent
  • Consent or refusal to a state administered chemical test

Each chapter of Defending DUI: Case Outline covers a different topic. These include seminal cases for the prosecution, defense, and those cases that are “neutral,” but still important to know for particular legal concept. The book includes prosecution cases because, in order to be an effective defense attorney in the field of DUI, you must know and be able to distinguish those cases that are contrary to your argument.

Where can people find your book?

In 2016, ICLE agreed to officially publish my book and more info can be found at this website.