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11 Essential Texas DWI Trial Tactics

(1276 Ratings)

Produced on: June 20, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

We, the Jury, find the Defendant “Not Guilty.” Makes your hair stand on end, drops the weight from your shoulders, and weakens your knees. No sweeter words are ever heard by a criminal defense attorney standing shoulder to shoulder with their client. "Not Guilty" verdicts are difficult to attain in Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) cases due to anti-DWI propaganda, tragic DWI consequences, and a cultural bias against alcoholism and DWI. In this presentation, Attorney Mark Thiessen takes you through 11 essential tactics to optimize your chances of obtaining a "Not Guilty" verdict in Texas. 

 

Learning Objectives:

I.    Understand how to portray your client

II.   Recognize the legal standards

III.  Identify lapses in the drug testing process

IV.  Handle a clear and concise DWI case

Faculty

Mark Ryan Thiessen

The Thiessen Law Firm

Licenses

State Bar of Texas, 2003

United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2004

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals 2010

United States Supreme Court, 2010

Employment

The Thiessen Law Firm

Houston, TX

Owner: July 2011 - Present

Practice focuses on:

  • Criminal Defense
  • specializing in DWI and Controlled Substances

 

Trichter & Murphy, P.C.

Houston, TX 

Associate: January 2006 - July 2011

Practice focuses on:

  • Criminal Defense
  • specializing in DWI and Controlled Substances 

Brown Sims, P.C.,

Houston, TX

Associate April 2005 - January 2006

Practice focuses on:

  • Insurance Defense
  • Toxic Tort
  • Personal Injury 

Bell, Ryniker, Letourneau & Nork ,

Houston, TX

Associate September 2003 - April 2005

Intern January 2003 - August 2003

Practice focuses on:

  • Admiralty/Maritime
  • Civil Litigation

National Honors

  • 2014 - AV rated as preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubble 
  • 2014 - ACS-CHAL Forensic-Lawyer Scientist Graduate 
  • 2014 – Charter Member & Board of Directors DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2010-2014 – AVVO Rated 10/10: Superb
  • 2012-2014 – Axion Laboratories Forensic Chromatography Course Graduate 
  • 2013 – Thomas Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyer
  • 2010-2013 - Thomas Reuters’ Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • 2011-2013 – Lawline.com Faculty Member
  • Lifetime – Strathmore’s Who’s Who Lifetime Member
  • 2010-2013 – LAWQA Legal Advisor 
  • May 2013 – Trial Lawyer College; Closing Argument 
  • 2012 – Lawline.com Furthered 40 Attorneys in the Nation
  • April 2011 – Trial Lawyers College: Voir Dire Workshop 
  • June 2010 – Trial Lawyers College: Psychodrama Workshop 

State Honors

  • 2014 – TCDLA Board Member
  • 2014 – American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of Texas
  • 2014-2015 – TCDLA: DWI Committee Chair
  • 2013-2014 – TCDLA: DWI Committee Chair
  • 2011-2012 – TDCLA: Young Attorneys Co-Chair 
  • 2011-Present - The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • 2011 – Texas Monthly: Top Young Lawyers in Texas – Rising Star 

Local Honors

  • 2013 – Houston Magazine Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense 
  • 2010-2014 - HCCLA: Elected Board of Directors
  • 2012 – HCCLA: Unsung Herod Award
  • 2010-12 – HCCLA: Lead Counsel for Second Chair Program
  • 2013 – King XXVI Krewe of Maximilian-Galveston Mardi Gras

Speaking

  • 07/18/14 - TCDLA Member’s Trip
  • 11 Essential DWI Trial Tactics
  • South Padre, TX
  • 07/11/14 - Lone Star DWI: Blood Testing 101
  • Basics of Blood Testing through the Disconnect Defense
  • Austin, TX
  • 07/11/14 - DWI Forensics Seminar
  • Basics of Blood Testing through the Disconnect Defense
  • Austin, TX
  • 06/13/14 - TCDLA 27th Annual Rusty Duncan Advanced Criminal Law Course
  • DWI Blood Testing Basic; What Works and What Doesn't
  • Houston, TX
  • 04/25/14 - TCDLA Trial Strategies that Work
  • Opening and Closing Statement
  • Houston, TX
  • 02/23/14 - Harris County Municipal Justice Bar Association Annual CLE
  • Trial Tactics From the Trenches
  • Houston, TX
  • 2/21/2014 - Third Annual Hon. Craig Washington & Sen. Rodney Ellis Criminal Law Seminar at Thurgood Marshall School of Law   
  • Advanced Trial Techniques
  • Houston, TX
  • 1/9/2014 - TCDLA 33rd Annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law
  • Basics of Blood Testing to Taking Down Big Blood Tests; How We Do It
  • Lubbock, TX
  • 11/22/2013 - Houston Bar Association at Summer Creek High School   
  • Knowing Your Rights; Sex, Drugs, DWI and Assault
  • Houston, TX
  • 11/17/2013 - Houston Bar Association at Westside High School   
  • Mock Trial Voir Dire
  • Houston, TX
  • 10/17/2013 - TCDLA/ Public Defender's Office   
  • Indigent Defense Advanced Trial Tactics
  • Houston, TX
  • 8/23/2013 - TIED FOR #1 SPEAKER - TCDLA Top Gun DWI   
  • 10 Silver Bullets for DWI Trials
  • Houston, TX
  • 7/11/2013 - TCDLA Gideon's Trumpet Seminar Series   
  • Basics of Blood Testing; Attacking a DWI Blood Test
  • South Padre, TX
  • 5/30/2013 - HCCLA Training Day: Criminal Law 101   
  • Trial Tactics from the Trenches
  • Houston, TX
  • 5/3/2013 - TCDLA DWI Defense Project   
  • Basics of Blood Testing; Attacking a DWI Blood Test
  • Arlington, TX
  • 4/26/2013 - Harris County Public Defender   
  • Closing Arguments – Storytelling
  • Houston, TX
  • 4/19/2013 - TCDLA Gideon's Trumpet Seminar Series   
  • Basics of Blood Testing; Attacking a DWI Blood Test
  • Waco, TX
  • 4/9/2013 - Houston Bar Association at Summer Creek High School   
  • Knowing Your Rights; Sex, Drugs, DWI and Assault
  • Humble, TX
  • 3/1/2013 - Harris County Public Defender   
  • Closing Arguments – Storytelling
  • Houston, TX
  • 2/15/2013 - Houston Bar Association   
  • Trial Tactics from the Criminal Trenches
  • Houston, TX
  • 2/15/2013 - Westlaw Ed. Center National Webinar   
  • Basics of Blood Testing; Attacking a DWI Blood Test
  • Houston, TX
  • 1/11/2013 - TCDLA 32nd Annual Prairie Dog Lawyers Advanced Criminal Law   
  • Basics of Blood Testing; Attacking a DWI Blood Test
  • Lubbock, TX
  • 11/13/2012 - Houston Bar Association at Summer Creek High School
  • The Importance of Jury Service and Knowing the Law
  • Humble, TX
  • 9/21/2012 - TIED FOR #1 SPEAKER - TCDLA Gideon's Trumpet Seminar Series   
  • Basics of Blood Testing; Attacking a DWI Blood Test
  • Georgetown, TX
  • 9/6/2012 - TCDLA Gideon's Trumpet Seminar Series   
  • Basics of Blood Testing; Attacking a DWI Blood Test
  • Abilene, TX
  • 8/19/2012 - TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law   
  • Criminal Trial Clinic – DWI Trial Tactics and Voir Dire
  • Houston, TX
  • 8/17/2012 - TCDLA TOP GUN DWI Seminar   
  • Cross-Examination of Breath Test Technical Supervisor
  • Austin, TX
  • 5/17/2012 - Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association CLE   
  • Trial Tactics from the Trenches
  • Houston, TX
  • 2/9/2012 - TCDLA Boot Camp for Young Lawyers   
  • DWI Trial Tactics and Skills
  • Dallas, TX
  • 1/12/2012 - TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law   
  • DWI Nuts and Bolts – DWI Voir Dire on High Breath Test with Accident
  • Houston, TX
  • 12/1/2011 - TCDLA Voir Dire Seminar  
  • Car Accidents and Hospital Enzymatic Assay Blood Testing
  • Houston, TX
  • 8/12/2011 - RATED #1 SPEAKER - Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc.'s Top Gun DWI Seminar   
  • Final Argument
  • Houston, TX
  • 7/15/2011 - TCDLA Art of War Trial Tactics   
  • The Game of Trial; Running the Bases
  • South Padre Island, TX
  • 4/20/2011 - South Texas College of Law Advanced Advocacy Class   
  • The Game of Trial; Running the Bases
  • Houston, TX
  • 4/14/2011 RATED #1 SPEAKER   TCDLA Art of War Trial Tactics   The Game of Trial; Running the Bases Tyler, TX
  • 1/28/2011 - RATED #1 SPEAKER - TCDLA Art of War Trial Tactics   
  • The Game of Trial; Running the Bases
  • Edinburg, TX
  • 11/18/2010 - RATED #1 SPEAKER - National College of DUI Defense/Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc.'s Stuart Kinard Advanced DWI Seminar   
  • TIMBER! Chopping Down High Breath Tests without an Expert
  • San Antonio, TX
  • 9/2/2010 - Network of Professional Brazilians in Houston   
  • Understanding Your Rights in Texas and Secrets to Avoiding a DWI Arrest and Conviction
  • Houston, TX
  • 4/7/2010 - North Shore Senior High School   
  • Keeping Students Safe from DWI and Drugs
  • Houston, TX
  • 3/19/2010 - Galveston County Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc. CLE
  • TIMBER! Chopping Down High Breath Tests
  • Galveston, TX
  • 12/12/2009 - Montgomery County Criminal Defense Lawyers Assoc. CLE   
  • New Issues in Montgomery County – Death to the "E" Jury; Getting a Fair Trial
  • Conroe, TX
  • 5/8/2009 - David Burrows DWI Defense Project
  • The Game of Trial; Running the Bases
  • Dallas, TX
  • Writing
  • HCCLA Defender Magazine - Author - Motion of the Month – Challenging Electronic Juries (June 2010)
  • TCDLA Voice for the Defense - Author - Vol. 38, No. 91 Motion of the Month - Defendant's Motion to Protect the Fairness of Future Juries (November 2009) 
  • TCDLA Voice for the Defense - Author - Vol. 39, No. 4 Catch of the Day - Motion Challenging Jury Array and to Quash Jury Panel (May 2010)

Reviews

WD
William D.

Really good presentation.

EP
Elizabeth P.

Excellent, practical delivery!

LW
Luke W.

Just wow!

JB
Jacob B.

Fantastic lecture. Great practical advice.

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Christopher B.

This was the best LL video I have seen.

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Daniel S.

Excellent presentation. One of the best and most practical offered by Lawline!

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K S.

Very well done and very informative

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Henry F.

Tremendous presentation.

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Alex M.

Really Really good. I enjoyed it. I will reach out to him for advise.

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Arne S.

Great lawyer!

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Robert E.

Great lessons in trial strategy

JP
James P.

Very good presentation. He shows what a good lawyer can do by knowing his subject matter.

KS
Kerry S.

Unfortunately, many of the tactics would not pass objection from the prosecution. Might actually turn the jury off if that many objections were made

TG
Tracy G.

great

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Robert W.

best one i've seen yet

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Patricia L.

Mark is the best presenter I've seen yet on trial tactics - I look forward to all of his courses and hope he gives one on just on jury voir dire!

LM
Louis M.

Satisfied

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kay M.

Best speaker yet - great enjoyed it a lot.

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Rebekah D.

Thank you

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Alonzo G.

One of the best presentations with so much substance, Excellent!

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William H.

Mark is a great lawyer and a great course presenter. Keep using this guy.

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Michael D.

Fabulous course and lecturer

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Cody M.

Great job.

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Jonathan E.

Great CLE!

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Charles C.

Good - talked pretty fast

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Heriberto M.

This guy was GREAT!

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Maxwell Z.

Passionate. Texas has to do better.

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William D.

Great information

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willard b.

Superb presentation. I wish all these courses were as informative.

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Ronald F.

One of the best presentations.

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Christopher S.

I'm a corporate transactional lawyer. That was about the best presentation I've ever seen on Lawline. Nice to know there are real lawyers out there who look and sound like they just came out of central casting for Law & Order.

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Charles H.

BEST OF THE BEST, NEED START SYSTEM LIKE NETFLIX WHICH HAS 5 STARTS AS BEST THIS WAS A 8 OR 9. When go to Houston and fight, I will get Mark to represent to prevent the sound of the Midnight express shining its ever loving light on me. Kudos

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Ronald H.

Really effective course

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Jane C.

This is great presentation.

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Alberto V.

This speaker is phenomenal.

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Dalinda G.

this was awesome

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Max S.

Absolutely excellent.

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John W.

good course

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Mark F.

Great! Will have to see it again.

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Paul G.

This guy is great!

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Boe B.

One of the best yet. I will listen to again.

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Harold D.

Excellent

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Jenny P.

Need more time! This guy is great!

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Harrison F.

Really well presented,

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Daniel U.

This is the best presentation I have seen on here.

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Dax G.

Please get more from Mark. This is one of the best presentations on LawLine.

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DORA B.

Excellent presentation. Makes me proud to be a Texian. I feel like I can definite beat the Standard Sobriety Test. Thanks for sharing.

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Cynthia S.

great speaker

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William R.

Thanks. What an open, valuable presentation. This lawyer is passionate.

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John V. G.

Outstanding

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Peter L.

This program was tremendously informative.

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Joseph W.

very good

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Stephen M.

One of the most interesting CLEs I've heard. Mr. Thiesen is an extremely compelling speaker.

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Floyd L.

Excellent

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Kristi R.

Great presentation of very interesting and informative material!

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P Brook S.

This is the best speaker I have seen so far. Extremely informative and engaging.

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wesley w.

Great info

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Richard L.

detailed and informative and very helpful

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Sandra L.

Great

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Allen T.

Fantastic speaker. GREAT information

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Lynn M.

Fantastic

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Nancy J.

Great!

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Melissa R.

An excellent course. Very helpful.

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Melissa Y.

Excellent presentation

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Roger F.

Great lecture, worth watching again and again...

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Robert J.

Well Done

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Armando M G.

great tricks that have been overlooked..

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Juan G.

excellent

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Bill B.

Great presentation

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Rod H.

best one I have seen

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George N.

Excellent course

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William S.

Always a Great Instructor!

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J. David G.

I'd hire him in a heartbeat. What a great presentation.

JH
Joel H.

Excellent speaker, really knows the subject matter very well!

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Charles F.

Absolutely great presentation. The best so far I have seen.

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erica r.

Great class, great speaker, really knew his stuff.

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Jennifer G.

Really good

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Rachel W.

Very helpful information

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Larry B B.

Well done.

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Brian H.

Awesome presentation

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Colleen M.

Great information and great presentation.

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Matt M.

I'm not a trial lawyer, but would feel confident using these tactics should I have the opportunity.

JG
Janet G.

personable and interesting speaker.

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Matthew T.

Well done and interesting

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stacey K.

Excellent seminar! Mark is extremely knowledgeable and highly entertaining.

CJ
Charles D. J.

The speaker demonstrated the power of specializing in one area of criminal defense law as opposed to being a general practitioner in criminal defense work. What a luxury?

KR
Klint R.

Really enjoyed this video. Very interesting!

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Russell W.

great job

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Derek B.

Excellent course.

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Howard H.

good speaker

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Alfred M.

Great!

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eric b.

Very informative and well presented!

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brandon w.

Best presenter.

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Eduardo L.

I like his energy, enthusiasm, and wiliness to share his material. Most informative.

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pablo b.

good stuff!

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Joshua R.

Excellent

SF
Shelley F.

excellent, energetic

CW
Cindy W.

Excellent program with succinct and practical advice. Thank you for making this available to me.

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Monique W.

Very informative!!

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Nicholas V.

This was the best course I have ever taken.

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carla h.

practical and useful

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Adam B.

One of the best speakers on lawline.

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Reed B.

Very interesting and helpful.

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mark m.

terrific communicator and smart

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James O.

Really, very well done. Theiessen obviously passionate re this subject & perceived Govt. overreach, which is shown by his knowledge and creativity.

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Ray H.

good

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Ronald S.

Very good program.

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Donald F.

This guy is the best I've seen on Lawline. Top notch presentation on very practical topics

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Patricia D.

Excellent

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Burl J.

GREAT PRESENTATION

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Kathleen C.

The best program so far.

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David J.

Great course! I highly recommend all of Mr. Thiessen's courses for any lawyer who might have to handle a DWI/DUI case someday.

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Jason B.

Great Speaker!

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Robert A.

Great Course. Really, really good.

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Zachary M.

Truly champion presentation.

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ROBERTO M.

Excellent course!

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Otis C.

Great stuff!

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Bobby D.

Very interesting.

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Christopher Y.

Absolutely outstanding!

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Bart C.

outstanding will watch again

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David M.

Wonderful tips.

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Phillip C.

Could have listened to more from this presenter and on this topic. The hour went by quickly.

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Raymond W.

Great CLE program!

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Jack B.

Awesome presentation! Great information and knowledge!

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William S.

This was one of the more engaging seminars I've watched. Great job.

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John H.

Great practice tips.

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Rick Y.

excellent course

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Fabian G.

Mark has a good defense strategy and knows how to bring home a theme in a DWI case.

PS
Peter S.

Just as informative as his blood testing segment

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Beverly R.

Very personable speaker. Lots of helpful information in a short timeframe.

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Alexis K.

I would hire Mark in a minute--he is such an advocate for his clients. I hope there is never the need though for my DWI representation.

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