DUI

Case Type

I am a defense attorney and I help people charged with DUI in Wyoming, Idaho and the National Parks. If you were recently charged with a DUI in Wyoming, check out my guide:

7 Things To Do If You Have Been Arrested For DUI In The Tetons.

The guide goes through the advice I would give to a friend or family member, if they had recently been arrested for DUI. It’s free to download so check it out.

HOW THE DUI BEGINS

Most likely, this all began in an “oh crap” moment. You saw the red flashing lights behind you and pulled over. The officer approached your vehicle and asked you for “Your license and registration, please.” Maybe the next question was “Sir, have you been drinking?”

At this point, the officer is deciding whether to arrest you for DUI. You exit the vehicle, possibly unsure why you were pulled over in the first place, or whether you said anything that was wrong.

You do a series of tests that you’re sure are designed to Olympic level athletes look uncoordinated. Things go downhill.

WHAT NOW?

If you have been charged with DUI, your next steps affect your freedom, finances, reputation and driver’s license.

MY EXPERIENCE

For the past 4 years, I have defended people accused of DUI in Teton County and Greater Yellowstone region. I have watched dashcam footage where the law enforcement officer says “I just want to get this guy” and pulls my client over for no reason. I have seen officers mix up the field sobriety tests a/k/a the monkey tests, and fail to follow the required protocols for the breath test instruments at the jail, or the blood draw at the hospital. I have also seen solid police work, fair prosecutors and good judging from the Courts. Like anything in life, it’s a mix.

Additionally, and not all criminal defense attorneys can say this, but I was on the other side. For two years, I worked as a prosecutor. During that time I tried approximately 15 DUI cases to a jury. I prosecuted another 400plus DUI, reckless driving, and open container charges that never got that far. I know how law enforcement thinks, what the Court looks for, and the arguments that prosecutors fear most.

Now, if you want someone who doesn’t understand the public safety risks of DUI or think that it’s a serious accusation, then I’m not your guy. But if you want someone who takes the charge seriously, and will do everything in his power to make sure that the State can prove its accusations beyond a reasonable doubt, then I want to help you.

I became a criminal defense attorney because I want to help normal people, who are trying to do the best they can, the same as everyone else.

MY APPROACH

I use a systematic approach to evaluate each stage of a DUI arrest. Here is what I mean.

Every DUI follows the same basic pattern:

The officer makes pre-traffic stop observations, and there must be a lawful basis for the traffic stop.

The officer makes observations during the traffic stop, and there must be a lawful basis to ask the driver out of the car to perform the field sobriety tests.

The officer must correctly perform the field sobriety tests, and correctly administer the portable breath test, if given.

If the roadside tests are correctly performed, then there must be a lawful basis for the arrest.

During the arrest, the officer must continue to follow the laws and rules.

After the arrest, if the officer requires the driver to take a breath test at the jail, or a blood test at the hospital, then the officer must follow certain requirements from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

Post arrest, there are other rules the officer must follow regarding asking the driver questions and booking him or her into jail.

You’ve probably seen the “walk-and-turn” test on TV, where the police officer makes the driver walk out nine steps heel-to-toe, turn and come back. The officer has the clipboard and is writing down each “mistake” the driver makes in this monkey test.

Well, my job is a little bit like that. As the defense attorney, it’s my job to make sure that law enforcement properly takes every single step of the DUI investigation that I mentioned above.

There are rules, I know them, and it’s my job to make sure that the officer follows them. If the officer didn’t, then I gain leverage when negotiating with the prosecutor, and have arguments to use when trying your case.

MY GOALS

Where possible, I want to get the case thrown out. I always want you to move through this process in an efficient manner. I want to protect your driver’s license. If we can get probation to a dismissal, that’s something to consider. Let’s keep you from going back to jail. If there are fines, let’s figure out the right payment plan. If you’re from out of town, let’s minimize your travel back. If you are required to do community service, let’s set that up in a way that suits your life. This happens. It’s not fun. But it’s something we can manage in a smart way.

My goal for you is to protect your time, money and reputation.

 

Outstanding DUI and PCS attorney. I hired Alex to defend me after being charged with DUI and PCS in Grand Teton National Park. He also represented me in Teton County court on a probation violation that arose from those charges. He worked with me every step of the process with both the federal and local courts. Whenever I had a question or concern he always replied promptly and with a quality answer. He has also been very helpful in dealing with the local substance abuse counseling program that most people in this area have to attend as a result of a DUI conviction. I highly recommend calling Alex Freeburg. His fee was extremely reasonable for the amount of time and effort he put into my case.

Ben

How i work

Typically, I do these cases for a fixed fee. You pay one flat fee up front. If we don’t go to trial (and these cases rarely go to trial), then that is the only fee you pay.
If you call me on the phone, we can talk about your case and I will give you a quote. My office is (307) 200-9720.

It’s 2017. I take credit cards. You can sign most things electronically, unless a notarized signature is legally required. You will get copies of all your documents electronically.