Kimberly Benjamin recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on understanding the flaws in the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program. The program is not infallible because DRE Officers are just like any other officer, they just have two additional weeks of training. While they are often considered as “experts” in the courtroom, what other person can be an expert in the courtroom after only two weeks of training? They really aren’t experts at all. DRE Evaluations can easily be fudged by an officer to match their internal bias and formal opinion because there is no way to recreate or confirm the measurements an officer claims in his report. This training was taught by a current and active law enforcement officer who is both a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Instructor and a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and was willing to share with our Association the significant problems with the DRE program.
The American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys has compiled information from Judges, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (the Top DUI Prosecutors in each State), DUI Prosecutors, current Law Enforcement Officers, former Law Enforcement Officers, and DUI Defense Attorneys to determine exactly what skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial.
When people need a DUI Attorney, the biggest challenge is knowing whether or not an attorney truly has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases. Countless attorneys handle DUI cases. But, only a very small percentage have the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases.
Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys have received advanced level training on the strategies that win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial. Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys also have access to the resources and tools that are used to win and successfully resolve DUI cases and these are resources and tools that only a very small percentage of DUI attorneys have access to and use.
Kim Benjamin is a passionate trial lawyer with the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC, in Belton, Missouri, who has practiced since 1997 and has over 75 jury trials and over 250 bench trials. In recent years she has expanded her trial practice from criminal and DWI defense to include trial consulting work related to personal injury, employment discrimination, and nursing home abuse & neglect, where lawyers seek Kim to be lead counsel due to her unique abilities and successes with juries. In over 10 years she has not lost a jury trial.
Kim is on the faculty of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (TLC), where she teaches trial skills to civil & criminal lawyers from all across the United States, and on the faculty of the National College of DUI Defense. Kim has spoken at the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center (NCADRC) about a nationally publicized & highly sensationalized sex case she handled in Missouri, where she obtained a hard-fought dismissal. In addition, Kim is a frequent lecturer at local seminars for The Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, local DWI Defense organizations, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri State Public Defender System.
Kim attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and then law school in Washington, DC, at the George Washington University National Law Center. After working at the Pentagon for the US Department of Defense and the Federal Communications Commission, she returned to Missouri and worked for the Missouri State Public Defender System where she was promoted to manage an office as the District Defender. After almost 6 years as a public defender, Kim returned to her hometown of Harrisonville, Missouri and opened her own law practice. In 2011, the law firm was relocated to Belton, Missouri, where the firm focuses on civil and criminal law.
Kim is the co-director for the Missouri Bar and Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) annual DWI seminar at the Lake of the Ozarks, where lawyers all over the state attend to learn about DWI law. Kim is on the Board of Directors for MACDL and served as the President in 2012-2013. She is also a member of the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice (DWI Defense organization), Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).
In 2016 the Governor of Missouri appointed Kim to be on the Missouri Ethics Commission and it is her honor to serve her community in this appointment. Kim also volunteers her time to assist teenagers in the Cass County Youth Court program, where high school students act as lawyers and judges to handle minor juvenile law violations in the community.
To learn more about the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, please visit http://www.aapda.org/
Information in this news release is the opinion of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys (AAPDA). The information contained throughout the AAPDA website is educational and is intended only for informational and educational purposes. Information on the AAPDA website is the opinion of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys (AAPDA), it is not intended to be legal advice, and it should not be used as legal advice. Rather, all information found on the AAPDA website is for general educational and informational purposes only. AAPDA does not guarantee or imply the competence level of any attorney, whether or not they are a member of AAPDA. When hiring an attorney, a person should personally contact the attorney and confirm the attorney’s skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, strategies, and other credentials. Any decision to hire an attorney should be based on a person’s satisfaction, after contacting the attorney, that the attorney hired is who they feel comfortable with and want to represent them. The specific outcome of each DUI case cannot be anticipated or guaranteed by AAPDA, or anyone else, as many factors can affect the outcome of each individual case.
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