Tyler Smith recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on attacking DUI reports and videos in DUI cases. To effectively attack DUI reports and videos, it is critical to know and use the officer’s NHTSA Manuals against him. Even the most experienced officers miss important steps and make mistakes in DUI investigations, which can result in people being wrongfully arrested for DUI. Some key areas to focus attention on are: discrepancies between the police report and the video, officers who ignore/downplay/neglect injuries and medical conditions, the officer’s instructions and demonstrations of the field sobriety tests, an officer’s use of trick questions, improper classification of clues, copy and pasting errors, misused keywords, and poor quality reports when a video is present. This training was provided by Peter Krantz, a former law enforcement officer who was a Drug Recognition Expert and a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. Peter has transitioned out of law enforcement and is now in law school to become an attorney who will defend people who are arrested for DUI.
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.
Tyler’s practice is devoted to appeals, civil litigation, employment law, criminal defense, and defending operating under the influence charges. Before joining the firm in 2012, Tyler was a solo practitioner in Biddeford with a practice focused on criminal defense. After graduating law school, Tyler served as a judicial law clerk with the Maine Superior Court in Augusta, Maine.
Tyler has a passion for appellate advocacy. He demonstrated talent for handling appeals as early as law school, where he won first place in two national moot court competitions and first place in two intraschool competitions. Tyler has advocated before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, MA in a wide array of areas, including employment law, whistleblower retaliation, defamation, First Amendment rights, drug trafficking, domestic relations, commercial disputes, and undue influence. Some representative examples of Tyler’s appellate results include vacating a fourteen-year prison sentence for aggravated drug trafficking in State v. Pinkham, redefining the way heroin trafficking was prosecuted in Maine; vacating a $3,300 per month spousal support award and then successfully reducing the client’s obligation to just $1.00 per year; convincing the Law Court to overturn a 40-year lease extension at a local airport by arguing that the lease extension was extinguished by the current owner’s foreclosure on the property; and securing a remand and reconsideration of an order awarding $1.2 million attachment against a client’s property. Tyler has also been selected by his peers in the Maine Associated of Criminal Defense Lawyers to author amicus curaie appellate briefs in the areas of OUI and Fourth Amendment rights.
Tyler has defended clients across the State of Maine from all manner of criminal charges, including drunk driving (known in Maine as “operating under the influence” or “OUI”), driving offenses, domestic violence, assault charges, sexual assault, drug charges, fish & game violations, and other offenses. Tyler believes that a successful defense begins with comprehensive knowledge of the facts and circumstances of the case and a firm understanding of the client’s goals and objectives. From there, he works with his clients to develop a strategy to achieve the best possible result – which may range from negotiations with the prosecutor to holding the government to its burden of proof at trial. Tyler is a member of the National College of DUI Defense, the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, and the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Tyler represents and advises employers in the public and private sectors in a variety of employment areas, including compliance under the FMLA, ADA, FLSA, Title VII, Maine Human Rights Act, Maine Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, and other state and federal employment laws. He helps guide clients through the complex issues that arise in the workplace and has provided training sessions for management personnel in avoiding sexual harassment and retaliation claims. Tyler is also experienced in representing employers against claims for discrimination, retaliation, harassment, defamation, wage and hour violations, and other claims in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Civil litigation is the process of resolving private disputes in a court of law or other tribunal. Tyler is experienced in representing individuals, employers, and businesses throughout the litigation process in a wide array of litigation matters, including breach of contract, defamation, retaliation, discrimination, legal malpractice, undue influence, misrepresentation, personal injury, family law, protection from harassment and/or abuse, and civil rights claims. He has been recognized as a “Rising Star” in the area of litigation by Super Lawyers every year since 2015.
Tyler grew up in York County, where he still resides with his wife and two children. He enjoys running, skiing, and playing guitar and mandolin.
Supreme Court of the United States
First Circuit Court of Appeals
District of Maine
District of Massachusetts
District of New Hampshire
Maine State Bar Association (Board of Governors, 2018-2019)
York County Bar Association
Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National College of DUI Defense
American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
University of Southern Maine (B.S. Computer Science, Minor in Mathematics, 2005)
Roger Williams University School of Law (J.D. 2009)
HONORS & DISTINCTIONS
Selected for Super Lawyers® New England as a “Rising Star” in the area of Litigation, 2015-2019.
First Place – 2009 Regent University National Moot Court Competition
Best Oralist – 2009 Regent University National Moot Court Competition
First Place – 2008 Regent University National Moot Court Competition
Fourth Best Oralist – 2008 Regent University National Moot Court Competition
Recipient – 2008 Esther Clark Scholarship
First Place – 2007 Esther Clark Moot Court Competition
First Place – 2007 Roger Williams University School of Law 1L Moot Court Competition
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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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