Located in Bryan, Texas, Platt and Associates is an internationally recognized consulting firm and professional training provider focusing on DUI and DWI litigation.
Founder Lance A. Platt, Ph.D. is a former police officer and instructor for law enforcement. Since he became a legal consultant, he has built a reputation as a leading expert in alcohol and drug impairment.
Attending in-person, Dr. Platt will be the lead SFST Instructor for the 2022 Missouri DWI Institute.
A Wet Lab is a controlled environment in which subjects consume alcohol to the point of intoxication in order to undergo field sobriety testing for training purposes. Students will break into small groups to practice administering field sobriety testing first on sober individuals, then on individuals who have been drinking.
The Missouri DWI Institute will provide a case study involving a real case that has been litigated by faculty. Students will review video evidence and reports and prepare cross-examination questions and other arguments for trial.
Students will participate in Moot Court proceedings using their case study analysis with an opportunity to practice cross-examining a law enforcement officer. They will then receive critiques and tips from faculty.
The course will be taught using the most recent NHTSA manual (2018), with each student receiving a bound copy. Students will receive digital copies of all NHTSA SFST student and instructor manuals, as well as Drug Recognition Expert and ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement) student and instructor manuals.
Missouri-approved for up to 28.8 Missouri MCLE, including 3.0 Ethics with 1.5 Elimination of Bias. Kansas-approved for up to 20.0 CLE hours, including 3.0 hours of Ethics & Professionalism.
At some point during his or her career, nearly every lawyer in Missouri will be asked to handle a DWI case. Believe it or not, excluding municipal charges, the State of Missouri filed over 14,323 DWI charges in FY2021 alone, even amid the pandemic.* The crime of DWI is unique in that charges can range from a municipal ordinance violation with a maximum punishment of 3 months in jail, all the way to a Class A Felony with a maximum punishment of 30 years, or life imprisonment. In addition to criminal charges, the driver's license will suffer civil administrative penalties depending upon whether their blood alcohol content was above the legal limit or they refused chemical testing. DWI convictions lead to additional driver license suspensions, revocations, and/or denials ranging from 90 day suspensions to life-time denials. Citizens arrested for DWI also face collateral consequences too numerous to name. Needless to say, DWI law is a nuanced, multi-faceted practice carrying devastating consequences which must be mastered by the practitioner.
The backbone of a DWI investigation stems from this course. To learn how to investigate DWI, all officers must attend a 24-hour NHTSA SFST course in the academy. This course gives lawyers access to that training to better defend your client's case!