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Seminars and Webinars


Breathalyzer Breakthrough: Mastering the Intoxilyzer 9000, SFSTs, Winning Motions, and More


Learn from the experts in Michigan how to defend and win your OWI cases with motion practice, examination skills and training like the officers train.  


May 17th & 18th, 2024


Friday, May 17th

Saturday, May 18th

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Anatomy Of A DUI Case:  Intake To Trial

October 13 & 14, 2023

Come to Cooley Law School in Lansing to learn in an interactive setting from some of the best drunk driving lawyers in Michigan.


We will prepare a real case for trial from start to finish and give you a chance to practice your skills.  Everyone will participate in working up the theme, and then folding that into openings/closings, direct examinations and cross examinations. We will also discuss the NEW Intoxilyzer on Friday.  And since most cases end up in a plea, Keeley Blanchard will offer you a new focus for your negotiation tactics and sentencing arguments.

Your fee includes continental breakfast and coffee on both days, as well as a box lunch on site on both days.  Your fee also includes materials from each presenter, including a print version of a reference book that will be used heavily.  The schedule and speaker line up is below:  

Friday, October 13:

8:30-10:45         Case Workup, Discovery & Issue Spotting with Michael Boyle 

11:00-noon         Voir Dire with Aida Spahic, David Rudoi and Michael Komorn

12:00-1:00          Lunch Break

1:00-1:30             Review of the Intoxilyzer 9000 With Ed Sternisha

1:30-3:00           Cross Examination of a Police Officer With William Maze and Edward Sternisha 

3:15-5:00          Direct Examination of Expert Witness With Jeffery Crampton

5:00                     Dismissal and announcement of evening dining/entertainment

Saturday, October 14:

8:30-11:30                  Negotiation Tactics and Exercises With Keeley Blanchard

Noon-1:00                  Lunch Break

1:00-3:00                   Opening & Closing Arguments With Breakout Sessions With Patrick Barone

3:00-3:15                    Break

3:15-5:00                    Sentencings With Keeley Blanchard and MIAOWIA Board Members 

A room block is available at the Courtyard by Marriott, Lansing Downtown. Your rate will be $179 if you reserve by September 22nd.  Call 1-800-Marriott and reference MI Assoc. of OWI Attorneys or use the link below:  


If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Hinze at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com or 517-420-1612.


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How To Challenge The State Crime Lab

When:  September 15, 2023 at noon

Where:  Via Zoom Webinar

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Webinar Speakers

Dave Rudoi 
Frank Conrad 
Jesse Williams 

Join us during your lunch break to learn how to challenge the State Crime Lab alcohol tests. Attorney Jesse Williams is currently handling cases challenging the state Crime lab’s principle and methods under MRE 702 and Daubert, he will discuss how the Michigan State Crime Lab is not following proper scientific procedures in their GC/MS testing and how to use that information in your cases. We will also hear from Frank Conrad, a lab expert who is testifying in Mr. Williams cases. Mr. Conrad holds degrees in Molecular Biology, Business Administration, and Biomedical Sciences. He co-founded Colorado Green Lab (CGL) in 2014 as a cannabis testing facility and served as Laboratory Director until 2016. As Chief Technology Officer (2016-present), Mr. Conrad directed the transition of CGL from a testing facility to its current incarnation as an applied science consulting firm.

The Datamaster is Dead! Get Trained on Michigan’s New Breath Test Machine

When:  May 5 & 6, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. Friday through 5:00 p.m. Saturday

Where:  In Person Seminar at The Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Detroit

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Did you know that the MSP is rolling out a new breath test system during 2023? Learn about the Intoxilizer 9000 before Law Enforcement does.

This two-day training will be taught by expert, Matthew E. Malhiot of Forensic Alcohol Consulting and Training, LLC. In addition to covering the same information law enforcement will receive about how to administer the Intoxilyzer 9000, Mr. Malhiot will cover the ins and outs of the new machine and its limitations. You will receive the training that law enforcement officials will be receiving, but then you will learn much more than will be covered with law enforcement. You will be able to utilize this knowledge to immediately help your clients in and out of court. Digital training materials will be included.

The board members of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys have put together this in-person seminar to better their own practices, as well as for those who practice drunk driving law throughout the state.

The registration fee covers breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday, ongoing beverage and snack service, as well as entry to Friday evening entertainment. The Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys is a not-for-profit association that can provide CLE credits for this training (one credit per hour you attend for a total of 14). If you are a member of Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, you can take advantage of a discounted rate for this and every seminar, as well as FREE webinars! Need to become a member? Go to www.miaowia.us and click on 'Become A Member'.

A room block is available for reservations at the training location: The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Detroit: http://tiny.cc/OWI. The deadline to receive the discount rate is April 5, 2023 so don't delay!

If you have questions on registration or the training, please contact Jenn at Jenn.miaowia@gmail.com or (517) 420-1612.

Sponsored by Nationwide Interlock & Smart Start Michigan.

Trial Skills Seminar & Workshop On THC Testing Reports & Experts

When:  Friday, September 9, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. through Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Where:  In Person Seminar at the Henry Center of Michigan State University

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Join the MI Association of OWI Attorneys and the State Bar of Michigan's Cannabis Law Section for a Trial Skills Seminar and Workshop on THC Testing Reports and Experts at Michigan State University's Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing.

Your ticket will provide not only the seminar and workshop, but also a continental breakfast service on both days, a full service lunch, and snacks and beverages throughout both days.

Our lineup includes the following:

Dr. Andreas Stolz will instruct on THC Lab Reports, and will be joined by Attorney Michael Nichols to demonstrate how to perform a direct examination of an expert such as Dr. Stolz.

Attorney Barton Morris will cover how to use the date from the MSP Blood on your marijuana blood test to your advantage.

Dr. Karl Ebner will cover the Pharmaco Dynamics of THC in the body and its active release under stress. He will also cover general impairment from THC.

Attorney Michael Komorn will train attendees on Daubert issues concerning lab reports.

Council and Board members will guide you through a workshop on Voir Dire specifically for THC driving.

You will also have the opportunity to workshop a real case and practice your cross of a lab tech.

If you have questions about this event, please email Jennifer Hinze at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com.



Dismissal of OWI Marijuana Cases Prior to Trial

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This seminar will explore three cases handled by David Rudoi within the last year that were dismissed prior to trial by the prosecution. The seminar will discuss tactics used to convince the prosecution the case was improperly charged or that they were unlikely to prove the case at trial. Provided will be actual motions filed, an analysis of discovery, and scientific studies that aided in the dismissal of charges.

Moderated by Attorney Matthew Abdo.

*This webinar will be recorded and a copy of the recording and any handouts will be available to ticket holders. Contact jenn.miaowia@gmail.com for more information.

The ABC’s of OWI Expungement

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On February 19th a new law will take effect allowing for the expungement of drunk driving charges. This is anticipated to cause many questions from former and prospective clients about whether they are eligible for expungement. The purpose of the seminar is to thoroughly discuss the changes in the law, including what is expungable and what is not. I will also be providing a step-by-step instruction on how to successfully prepare, submit, and win an expungement for your clients. The goal will be to ensure that attorneys will have all of they tools necessary to allow them to successfully clear their client’s records.

This webinar will be led by Ryan Ramsayer, a senior associate attorney Ryan Ramsayer has been with the Barone Defense Firm since 2009. During his tenure, he has been involved in the successful defense of hundreds of clients accused of crimes like drunk driving, drug possession and distribution, domestic violence, driving while license suspended, and assault. He also helps people with driver’s license restoration, gun rights restoration, and expungement. Prior to beginning a career in law, Mr. Ramsayer was as a member of the United States Marine Corps infantry and served honorably in Afghanistan.

MIAOWIA Board Member Michael Boyle, also of the Barone Defense Firm will moderate this webinar.

Once registered, you will receive the Zoom credentials from Eventbrite.  To join the webinar, you will be required to be logged into your Zoom account with your full name.  

If you have questions regarding this webinar, or your membership status with the MI Association of OWI Attorneys, contact Jennifer Hinze at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com.  



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Dispel the mystique of blood cases by giving you the basic knowledge and how to use that knowledge to win your case.

Afraid of challenging blood-alcohol test results because you don’t understand them? This seminar will dispel the mystique of blood cases by giving you the basics on how blood is tested at the Michigan State Police lab, what documents you need to obtain, and what to do with them when you obtain them. Hosted by our own blood-alcohol expert, Mike Boyle, and with a basic overview of blood testing by Jeff Crampton, you will hear from nationally renowned attorney, Andrew Mishlove, about what you can do with the information you get. Dr. Andreas Stolz will also be on hand to talk about measurement uncertainty and things to look for when analyzing a blood-alcohol case. With many police departments preferring blood testing over breath testing – especially during the time of Covid – you need to know how to fight blood cases.

The online only event begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 8th and goes until 6:00 p.m. We will resume on Saturday, October 9th at 9:00 a.m. and go until approximately noon. If you cannot attend in person, please consider purchasing the recording.

Andreas Stolz is a Michigan State University Associate Professor, Operations Department Head in Experimental Nuclear Physics. Dr. Stolz received his PhD, Physics from Technological University of Munich, 2001.

Dr. Stolz has been qualified as an expert in Metrology (science of measurement) and Physics over 50 times in courts in Michigan, Arizona, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Vermont, and in Quebec, Canada.

Andrew Mishlove is known and respected throughout the United States as the top Wisconsin OWI/DUI defense lawyer and one of the top DUI attorneys in the United States. Mishlove was named to a seat on the governing Board of Regents of the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), the ABA-accredited College that certifies drunk driving defense specialists. He is one of only fourteen Regents in the United States.

Andrew Mishlove is the developer and Course Director for the Serious Science Blood Analysis courses taught at the Shimadzu Laboratory at the University of Texas-Arlington. These are, by far, the nation's most advanced courses in forensic science and trial advocacy.

Once registered you will have access to the Zoom credentials to login.


Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement Training

In Person & Online Seminar:  Friday, June 11th and Saturday, June 12th beginning at 9:00 a.m. both days

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Our first in-person seminar since Covid hit! We are welcoming Lance Platt from Texas to teach a course in ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement). Learn what the cops learn and how to question them. Not comfortable being in person just yet? That's okay, we will offer a Zoom version to those who would rather view that way. Just make sure you select the proper ticket. Due to state Covid restrictions, and restrictions in place by MSU, we will have limited capacity, social distancing and mask wearing.

This course will qualify you to apply for up to 14 CLE credit hours.

In-person attendees will be receive a continental style breakfast and lunch, as well as ongoing beverages and snacks on both days.

A room block is available at Candlewood Suites for a reduced rate by calling (517) 351-8181.

For questions on this seminar, please contact Jennifer Hinze at (517)420-1612 or email at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com.

About our speaker: Lance A. Platt, Ph.D., President and founding partner of Platt and Associates, earned a doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University located in College Station, Texas after serving as a certified master peace officer with the city of College Station, Texas. Among his many responsibilities, he was in charge of training new recruits. Doctor Platt was later named Coordinator for the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DRE) at Texas A&M’s TEEX Law Enforcement Training Division. Additionally, he was an adjunct instructor at several colleges, where he provided training in law enforcement based on his in-depth first hand knowledge of police practice and procedure. Doctor Platt’s unique combination of doctorate-level education and street level law enforcement experience led him to co-found Walden Platt and Associates in 2002, which later became Platt and Associates Impaired Driving Consulting in 2008, which has become the premiere consulting firm specializing in impaired driving and police tactics and procedure cases throughout the US and beyond. You can rely on consistent top quality results because Dr. Platt insists on personally reviewing each case his firm accepts. Doctor Platt’s dissertation was entitled An Evaluation of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test at a .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration for the State of Texas.


Driver License Restoration and Hardship Licenses

Webinar:  Monday, March 22, 2021 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

FREE for MI Assoc. of OWI Attorney Members in good standing and only $50.00 for non-members.

*Qualifies for two hours of CLE credit.  

Register Here:  TICKETS

Driver License Restoration and Hardship Licenses webinar will be a two hour crash course covering suspension vs revocation, as well as implied consent. We will cover driver license sanctions from convictions such as drugs and high BAC. Learn what you can do for habitual offenders, including those in sobriety court. We will also cover the steps you need to take whether you win or lose in your first attempt.

You will learn from Attorney Aida Spahic, who is a criminal defense attorney in the Detroit area. She joined the MI Association of OWI Attorney Board after being an active member. She shares her experience of helping her clients and others regain their drivers license, as well as obtain hardship licenses.

This will be conducted via Zoom. Once registered, you will receive a link the day of the webinar from Mi Association of OWI Attorneys Director, Jennifer Hinze. If you have any questions regarding this webinar or membership with the MI Association of OWI Attorneys, please contact Jennifer Hinze at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com.

Our Previous Webinars and Seminars

Defending OWI Marijuana Cases

Webinar:  Friday, February 26th, 2021 from noon-1:00

FREE for MI Assoc. of OWI Attorney Members in good standing and only $35.00 for non-members.  

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The Michigan State Police recently reported that marijuana impaired driving is on the rise which will lead to increased enforcement. It is important for criminal defense practitioners to be prepared for more OWI-Marijuana prosecutions. For this reason, on February 29, 2021 MIAOWIA’s chair, Barton Morris, will be conducting a Zoom webinar on the subject of defending OWI-Marijuana Offenses. Barton Morris is a renowned expert on defending OWI-MJ cases in Michigan. He has previously presented on this topic to the Michigan Impaired Driving Safety Commission and the State Bar of Michigan Cannabis Bar Section Annual Meeting. Topics to be discussed will include, applicability of SFST’s, why the forensic science report may be unreliable and inadmissible, effective pre-trial motions and trial strategies. This event is free to MIAOWIA members. Sign up today.


Legislative and Legal Analysis of Michigans Clean Slate Law 

Webinar:  Thursday, January 28th, 2021 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. 

FREE for MI Assoc. of OWI Attorney Members in good standing and only $35.00 for non-members.  

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Criminal Justice Reform: How MI’s Clean Slate Law changed the process, timing, and eligibility for setting aside client’s prior convictions. Join us for a legislative and legal analysis of Michigan’s Clean Slate Law that will prepare defense attorneys on how to answer prior and future clients' expungement questions. Topics for exploration include but are not limited to which prior convictions will be automatically expunged and after how long, which offenses are ineligible for expungement, how many prior felonies and misdemeanors may be expunged, how the new 24-hour rule makes expungement in MI more inclusive, as well as how House Bill 6453 (2020) would expand expungement eligibility for certain first-time drunk/drug drivers in MI.

Presenters are Matthew Abdo and Joseph Campbell who have successfully navigated the expungement process for their clients consistently in multiple counties throughout Michigan.

Once registered, you will receive login instructions the day of the seminar. If you have questions regarding this seminar, or your membership with the MI Association of OWI Attorneys, contact Executive Director Jennifer Hinze at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com.

DataMaster Conspiracy Uncovered

Webinar:  Friday, December 11th, 2020 from 3:00 — 5:00 

FREE for MI Assoc. of OWI Attorney Members and only $50.00 for non-members.  

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A Breakdown From The Battleground:

Neil Rockind and Collin Daniels will present details of the Killer Cross Examination of the State“s leading expert, Mark Fondren. You will also hear facts revealed from the massive discovery that was obtained. No law firm has had more time cross-examining Mr. Fondren than Rockind Law.

This will be a webinar platform via Zoom. David Rudoi will moderate and field questions. You will receive the link after registration is completed via email. If you have questions regarding registration, contact the MI Association of OWI Attorney“s Executive Director, Jennifer Hinze at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com.



For ONE fee, you get TWO parts.

Day One, Friday, October 2 from 1:00-4:00 PM: We will feature expert Lance Platt, a former police officer and now an expert who trains criminal and civil attorneys in all matters related to impaired driving. Hear about new issues related to Covid (masks; HGN at 6 feet; temperature checks and more) and how to deal with them; obtain manuals; draft motions and more.

Day Two, Saturday, October 3 from 9:00 AM to noon: Attorneys Jeffery Crampton and David Rudoi will cover how to cross exam an expert (Lance Platt) while doing an interactive cross involving real circumstances. We will allow for a Q&A time.

Your attendance for both days will allow you to apply for 6 hours of CLE credits.

Registered attendees will receive a link to access the webinar the day prior to the actual event.

For questions related to this webinar, please contact Jennifer at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com.

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Drug Evaluation and Classification Course


This seminar will cover the key evaluation principles found in the NHTSA Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP-DRE)

About this Event

The Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys and the State Bar of Michigan Marijuana Law Section have joined hands to present a Drug Evaluation and Classification Course. This training seminar is an overview of the key evaluation principles found in the NHTSA Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP-DRE) led by Lance Platt and team-taught with Fran Gengo, PHARM.D. The course will provide a look at pharmacology from the law enforcement and pharmacologist points of view.

This unique training course will inform the attendee in the most current NHTSA/IACP approved DRE procedures and training curriculum/protocols as well as case planning techniques from a medical and scientific point of view. This training seminar will train the legal professional in:Development and effectiveness of the drug recognition process; Overview of physiology of drugs; The drug evaluation and classification procedures (12 step process); Drug evaluation eye examinations (HGN, VGN, lack of convergence, estimation of pupil size, pupil reaction to light); Vital sign examinations (pulse rates, blood pressure, and body temperature); Seven drug categories; Drug combinations; Analysis of the drug evaluation narrative report and the drug influence evaluation face sheet; and proper use of the drug evaluation matrix to form drug category classification. Attendees will receive a jump drive of the most recent NHTSA DECP course pre-school and long course manuals along with DECP studies and case law as well as ARIDE manuals. Participants will receive a Certification of their mastery of “An Overview of the NHTSA Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DRE) 2018 Curriculum.” This is a much broader Certification than law enforcement receives when it takes the DRE introductory weekend.

Included with your ticket are the following: lunch on site both days; ongoing snack and beverages; discounted hotel rate. This seminar also qualifies you for 12 CLE credits if you attend both full days.

This seminar is held at the James B. Henry Center for Executive Development on the campus of Michigan State University. It is connected to, and shares a parking lot with the Candlewood Suites of East Lansing. It is also home of Forest Akers gold club and University Club of MSU. To reserve a room at a reduced rate, please mention the MI Association of OWI Attorneys block when calling 517-351-8181. This rate expires on September 2, 2020.

We expect this seminar will sell out. We recommend purchasing your ticket well in advance of the seminar to reserve your seat. Tickets are first come, first served.

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Jennifer Hinze at jenn.miaowia@gmail.com or (517) 930-0726.

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