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"Several years ago I faced DUI charges and was reading reviews on Avvo; trying and find the best legal representation I could find. It was my first (and hopefully last time) I needed a lawyer for criminal defense. I read several reviews, and called several law offices. Ms. Childress was prompt to call me back, thorough in explaining her initial thoughts, and frank with me from the beginning of the process until the end. She enlisted help of others if needed, using not only her experience but the vast experience of Mr. Ward and the staff. The process was stressful, and at times the outcome was unclear. But Ms. Childress and Mr. Ward were able to reduce the charges without a trail and completely avoid the alcohol related charges. I couldn't be happier with the results, or the service. A few days after the worst decision of my life, I was lucky enough to make maybe the best decision by hiring Ms. Childress and Ward and Associates."
"I was very grateful to have found Denise who helped me with my case. I live in a different state and was arrested for DUI in St. Louis while on a business trip. I had no clue how I was going to navigate through all of the legal issues, especially being a resident of a different state, but Denise made me feel at ease and handled everything entirely over the phone! Denise was very professional and to my liking, non-judgmental."
"Hire Denise if you need an attorney!"
"Denise is wonderful. I would absolutely hire her again. I found her to be very knowledgeable and informative. She was ready for every avenue that could have come up with my case. Very grateful to her and the legal services she provides!"
"Great Job, Marijuana Possession Disposed"
"Denise did a fantastic job with my two cases which were possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Great service as she got the paraphernalia case dropped and possession of marijuana disposed into a littering ticket. Excellent service and great attorney, highly recommend Denise for any type of criminal defense."
"Great lawyer, highly recommend!!"
"Denise and her firm handled a DWI for me and the results were impeccable! I highly recommend using her so you can have the same experience!!"
"Ms. Childress came to my acquaintance through the death of a personal friend of mine who happened to be my attorney for 30 years. James Haffner was an excellent attorney, and any recommendation from him was the gold standard. Ms. Childress subsequently handled a legal matter for me, and in the process of her investigation into the matter, she discovered that the investigative agency involved violated my civil rights as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and is considering a federal lawsuit against that agency.
She is diligent, knowledgeable, and conscientious. She is my problem solver and a great attorney. "
"Worked on Domestic assault case and traffic law cases"
"Denise did a great job. Worked to get our charges reduced in a timely manner with efficient costs. I would recommend her if you need a lawyer in these areas."
Some say these cases can't be won.
Do not believe those people. Ms. Childress recently had a very well-advertised and well-known lawyer tell her these aren't worth fighting, asking her when the last time she actually won a hearing was. She answered incredulously, "Last Monday" (at the time). To be fair, these hearings are very hard to win, but not impossible if you know what you are looking for - actually look for it - and actually come out fighting.
GOVERNMENT’S CASE: Driver arrested in rural Missouri for DWI. Officer reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol. Officer further reported that Driver had bloodshot and glassy eyes, was swaying, and had slurred speech. Driver passed one standardized field sobriety test but could not perform the other two tests. After an initial denial, Driver admitted to drinking. Officer claimed Driver refused a roadside breath test by Driver’s inability to provide a sufficient sample. After being arrested for DWI and taken to the police station, Driver consented to a breath test on the Alco-Sensor IV with printer. The post-arrest breath test indicated Driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.257%.
RESULT: Ms. Childress scrutinized all written and video evidence, including video from the jail, and discovered two fatal problems with the post-arrest breath test. Although Officer properly checked Driver’s mouth and waited the required fifteen-minute period prior to administering the breath test, Officer allowed Driver to have oral intake during this crucial time. Officer used the fifteen-minute observation period to take Driver’s fingerprints, using dark fingerprint ink. Officer allowed Driver to wash hands with soap, which did not remove all of the ink. Officer then allowed Driver to repeatedly touch his face, lips, and mouth causing oral intake and contamination. Allowing the unknown chemicals to enter Driver’s mouth during the crucial observation period caused serious concerns with the reliability of the breath test result, violated the rules set forth by the Missouri Department of Health, and caused the purported result to be wholly unreliable and inadmissible.
The second fatal flaw discovered by Ms. Childress was a lack of evidence that the breath analyzer itself had been properly calibrated in accordance with the standards set forth by the Missouri Department of Health. Specifically, Ms. Childress discovered that the Director’s evidence could not trace whether or not the thermometer used during calibration was certified as properly functioning. The Director is required to establish the scientific traceability of the thermometer in order to satisfy the Department of Health’s standards and to ensure that the breath analyzer used in this case was actually functioning properly at the time it tested Driver's breath. An incorrectly calibrated breath analyzer yields wholly unreliable and inadmissible results.
The fact-finder agreed with the scientific problems presented by Ms. Childress and refused to consider the test result by excluding it from evidence. Driver’s license suspension removed and no loss of driving privileges occurred.
Diligence leads to results.
Ms. Childress is proud to stand in protection between accused citizens and failing or abusive government agents. Every attorney must obtain and scrutinize all available evidence to ensure the protection of individual rights.
GOVERNMENT’S CASE: Driver arrested just outside Kansas City for DWI. Officer reported strong odor of alcohol and watery, bloodshot eyes. Officer reported Driver failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, the Walk and Turn test, and the One Leg Stand test. A pre-arrest breath test indicated Driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.158%. A post-arrest breath test indicated Driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.152%.
RESULT: Ms. Childress scrutinized all video evidence and discovered that the arresting and testing officer ignored his training in multiple respects and substantively violated rules of the Missouri Department of Health. At the hearing, Ms. Childress successfully showed that the breath test was administered in an illegal and unreliable fashion, causing the result to be wholly unbelievable and inadmissible. Driver’s license suspension removed and no loss of driving privileges occurred.
Checks and Balances.
Childress Legal supports law enforcement, and Ms. Childress has been asked to be an instructor at the St. Louis Police Academy. Part of her job is to be a check on the system to ensure that police officers do their jobs properly so that they collect reliable evidence against Missouri citizens. If Ms. Childress catches an officer breaking the rules, her clients benefit - as do all Missouri citizens when the officer learns his lesson the hard way and resolves to do it right the next time.
GOVERNMENT’S CASE: Driver arrested by a municipal police officer in rural Missouri for driving while intoxicated. Officer reported smelling an odor of alcohol. Officer further reported observations of intoxication which purportedly included: watery, bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred and confused speech, and uncertain balance. Officer claimed that Driver failed two standardized field sobriety tests, and completed the counting and alphabet tests with minimal problems. Driver admitted to drinking Rum and Cokes. Driver was arrested, taken back to the jail, observed for the required fifteen minutes, and consented to a breath test. A post-arrest breath test indicated Driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.122%.
RESULT: Ms. Childress scrutinized all video and written evidence and discovered that the officer conducting the required fifteen-minute observation period differed from the breath testing officer. Both officers are required to have special training and hold a special permit to perform their respective functions. The Director’s evidence could not show that the observing officer obtained the necessary training or that he was properly certified. The fifteen-minute observation period is so important to the reliability of the breath test that this failure substantively violated the rules of the Missouri Department of Health. At the hearing, Ms. Childress successfully showed that the breath test was administered in an illegal and unreliable fashion, causing the result’s reliability to be questionable and therefore wholly inadmissible. Driver’s license suspension removed and no loss of driving privileges occurred.
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Childress Legal, LLC, provides aggressive DWI defense throughout the greater St. Louis area and statewide Missouri, including St. Charles, Town & Country, Frontenac, Wildwood, Chesterfield, Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Creve Coeur, Maryland Heights, Bridgeton, Earth City, Warrenton, Wentzville, Augusta, Hermann, Marthasville, Camdenton, Lake of the Ozarks, Columbia, Jefferson City, and all communities of St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Lincoln County, Warren County, Franklin County, Jackson County, Clay County, Greene County and Boone County.