Blood, Breath & Tears XXV- NOW OVER :(

Seminar Dates were: September 27-28, 2018

This year's BB&T Thursday half day trial utilizing a judge and jury, was a HUGE success.  Attendees watched the jury deliberate to result in a hung jury.  Friday continued the success with highly rated seminar speakers covering case law updates, motions to suppress, ethics of DUI and so much more. 

Registration Information FOR MATERIALS ONLY IS BELOW

All FACDL seminars are intended to: promote the excellence of, disseminate knowledge to, and provide education to, the criminal defense community.  In that regard, attendance at all seminars (apart from the certification review seminar (Booster Shot)) is limited to criminal defense attorneys, mitigation specialists, defense investigators and other staff involved in providing criminal defense.   

This seminar has been approved by the Florida Bar for 14 CLE hours including .5 Ethics hour.  For CLE credit, each attendee is obligated to post hours attended with the Florida Bar. These credits are valid until March 27, 2020.


Refund Policy:

  • Any registration may only be modified to materials and audio for CLE credit as NO REFUNDS will be made after 4:30 p.m. September 5, 2018.

For more information contact Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

(850) 385-5080| E-mail: |No telephone registrations please

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 27, 2018

12:00 – 12:45     Onsite Registration

12:45 – 1:00       Opening Remarks and Introductions: Lee Lockett, AnneMarie Rizzo, & Michael Kessler (Seminar Chairs)

1:00 - 5:30         Trial Day

                           Trial Cast:

                           Prosecutors - Don Pumphrey & Varinia Van Ness

                           Defense Attorneys - Michael Kessler & Huda Ajlani

                           Judge - Eilam Isaak

                           Defendant - Lee Lockett

                           Cop/BTO - Jay Zager

                           Jury - Hillsborough County Citizens

5:30 - ??             Networking/Happy Hour at Hotel Bar (Cash Bar)

Friday, September 28, 2018

7:30 - 8:30          Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:15          Onsite Registration

8:15 – 8:30          Opening Remarks and Introductions: Lee Lockett, AnneMarie Rizzo, & Michael Kessler (Seminar Chairs)

8:30 - 9:30           DUI Case Law Update: Eilam Isaak

9:30 – 10:30        Blood Testing-Hospital and Legal Blood: Deandra Grant

10:30 -10:45        Networking Break (see our wonderful exhibitors)

10:45 -11:15         Motions to Suppress: Bobby Reiff

11:15 -11:45        Ethics of DUI: Brian Tannebaum (schedule change)

11:45 -12:45        Lunch on your own

12:45 -1:30          DMV: David Robbins & Susan Cohen

1:30 - 2:30           DUID: Dr. Jimmie Valentine & Dr. Carrie Valentine

2:30 –3:00            Jury Selection: AnneMarie Rizzo (schedule change)

3:00 - 3:05           DUI Gladiator Award: Stephen Daniels, DUI Forensic Investigator

3:05 -3:15            Networking Break (see our wonderful exhibitors)

3:15 - 4:15            Breath Testing and FDLE: Stu Hyman & Robert Harrison

4:15-5:00              Getting to Know your Client Panel

                                -       Info from client - T. Charles "Chuck" Shafer

                                -       Immigration - Maria Mata Ruhl

                                -       Professional Licenses - Mycki Ratzan

About the Speakers

Huda Ajlani Macri: Huda Ajlani Macri attended Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center. After graduating from this institution, she went on to study at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, where she earned a degree in 2010. Huda Ajlani Macri became licensed to practice law in the state of Florida in 2006.  From 2006 to 2011, Huda Ajlani Macri spent time working as an Assistant Public Defender with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. In 2011, she began practicing law privately. She currently practices through Macri Law Firm. Huda Ajlani Macri serves on the Grievance Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Florida Bar.  Huda Ajlani Macri is one of only 370 board certified criminal law attorneys out of approximately 85,000 attorneys in the state of Florida.

Susan Cohen: Susan Cohen completed her undergraduate degree at University of Florida in 1977.  Ms. Cohen obtained her Juris Doctorate with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1985.  Prior to joining Epstein & Robbins in August of 2000, Ms. Cohen worked for the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville, Fl from 1996 through 2000. Prior to that she worked as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Roanoke County, Va. from 1994 to1996. Ms.Cohen's primary areas of practice include DUI defense, juvenile defense, administrative driver’s license issues, postconviction relief and appeals including appeals of administrative drivers license suspensions.  Ms. Cohen currently serves on the Juvenile Rules Committee and previously served on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee where she served as Chair.  Ms. Cohen has lectured at Blood, Breath, and Tears and at Masters of DUI, as well as other seminars. Ms. Cohen was the 2017 recipient of the DUI Gladiator of the Year award and was recognized as an Ultimate Attorney by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Deandra Grant:  Deandra Grant graduated in 1990 from Trinity University in San Antonio with a B.S. in Business Administration. She earned her law degree from the SMU School of Law and was licensed by the State Bar of Texas in 1993. Having spent her last year of law school as an intern with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, she began work there as an assistant district attorney in January 1994.  Deandra's tenure as a prosecutor focused on DWI prosecution. In 1995, she founded her own firm and began defending citizens accused of DWI. Deandra completed the SFST Instructor course and taught the SFST practitioner course to other attorneys. In 2011 she received a certificate from the American Chemical Society in forensic chromatography. In 2012 she became a member of both the American Chemical Society and the American Academy of Forensic Science. In 2015, she earned The ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation. Deandra completed a Graduate Certificate in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Science - Concentration in Forensic Science from the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy in 2016.

Robert N. Harrison is a sole practitioner in Venice, Florida, where he focuses on DUI defense.  After graduating from the University of Florida College of Law in 1986, he worked as an Assistant State Attorney for four years in Hillsborough County.  In 1990, Mr. Harrison joined the Venice law firm of Kanetsky, Moore & DeBoer and six years later he opened his own law practice.  Mr. Harrison is a former President of both the Sarasota Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Venic-Englewood Bar Association and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  In 2014, Mr. Harrison received the DUI Gladiator of the Year Award and FACDL's President's Award.

Stu Hyman: Stuart I Hyman, a sole practitioner received a B.S. from the University of Central Florida and a J.D. Degree from Nova University.  He has practiced in the area of criminal and DUI law for approximately 36 years.  He is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Eleventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and United States District Court.  He has lectured for The Florida Bar, FACDL, and private seminar companies in the area of DUI.  He has extensive litigation experience in the area of criminal law and DUI defense. He has been recognized in Florida Trend Magazine "2010 Florida Legal Elite" publication in the area of criminal law.

Eilam Isaak:  Eilam Isaak is the sole partner in the law firm of Isaak Law, PLLC, located in Tampa, Florida. He has been practicing law for the past 26 years. He began his career as a prosecutor with the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office. While practicing as an Assistant State Attorney over a 5 year period, he received from MADD the AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for being the top DUI Prosecutor for the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office for 1993, 1994, and 1995. Mr. Isaak was invited by the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association to lecture at their DUI seminars on the topics of breath testing and closing arguments. As a defense attorney for the past 20 years, Mr. Isaak practices exclusively in the area of DUI defense. He is a certified breath test operator for the Intoxilyzer 8000 for Federal DOT standards and has been accepted and permitted to testify as an expert witness on the Intoxilyzer 5000. He is the recipient of the FACDL Gladiator award for 2015. He is a graduate from Samford University Cumberland School of Law.

Michael Kessler: Michael Kessler is known throughout the Treasure Coast as the Go-To-Guy for DUI. Mr. Kessler is a 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law.  Mr. Kessler is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist. An active member of the National College for DUI Defense, Michael Kessler is certified to administer Standardized Field Sobriety Tests approved for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and is also certified to administer breath alcohol tests using the Intoxilyzer 5000 and 8000 machines. Mr. Kessler owns his own Intoxilyzer 5000 and 8000 breath-alcohol guessing contraptions.

Lee Lockett: After law school, Mr. Lockett was offered a job at the State Attorney's Office for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in West Palm Beach. After leaving the State Attorney's Office, Mr. Lockett served with the Public Defender's office in Jacksonville where he received the prestigious "ROC" Award for trial advocacy. Lee Lockett has been practicing for 20 years and has in excess of 45 Jury trials to his credit. He is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Northeast Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College Of DUI Defense, DUIDLA, Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar, Law Week Committee 2005-2006, Judicial Relations Committee of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Gator Bowl Committee 2004-2007, Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and the Traffic Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar.

Don Pumphrey:  Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a partner at Pumphrey & Prince and has been defending those charged with various criminal offenses including DUI, drug trafficking, domestic violence, assault, battery, theft, and murder for over 15 years. Through his experiences as a former law enforcement officer, prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office in Pinellas County, and as a criminal defense attorney with his own private practice, Don Pumphrey, Jr. has extensive trial experience, and is knowledgeable in all aspects of the criminal justice system, from criminal investigation through sentencing.

Mycki Ratzan:  Mycki Ratzan is a founding partner at Ratzan & Faccidomo with over 20 years of experience in Florida criminal defense in Miami. Prior to co-founding the law firm of Ratzan & Faccidomo, Mycki worked for 17 years as a partner in a Miami law firm defending individuals and corporations accused of crime.  Mycki completed her undergraduate and advance degrees at the University of Florida, including earning her Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1991. She is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell.  Mycki is admitted to practice in Florida courts statewide as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bobby Reiff:  Robert "Bobby" Reiff is the co-author of "Florida DUI Law", a part of the LexisNexis Practice Guide series and "Drunk Driving and Related Vehicular Offenses" (5th Ed.), which is also published by the LEXIS Law Publishing Company. He was also a contributing author for "Defending DUI Vehicular Homicide Cases" (2012 Ed.) (published by the West Law Publishing Company, a subsidiary of Thomson, Reuters); "DUI and Other Traffic Offenses in Florida", (published by the Florida Bar); and "Drunk Driving Defense: An Expert's Approach" (published by the Professional Education Group, Inc.). Bobby is a frequent lecturer and author on topics involving the defense of alcohol-related offenses.  Bobby has been named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America"® for his handling of DUI cases continuously since 2005 and he holds an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. He has also been named one of the "Best Lawyers in Florida"® many times, and he was the only lawyer in the South Florida area chosen in the DUI/DWI Defense Category for 2018. Bobby also received the number one rating in a Miami Herald blind study of the most effective DUI advocates in South Florida.  Bobby has been a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney since 1990 and he has offices located in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. In his spare time, Bobby is an avid competitive ice hockey player.

AnneMarie Rizzo:  AnneMarie Rizzo is a former prosecutor with extensive trial experience in the State of Florida. In 2015, AnneMarie earned the American Chemical Society- Chemistry and Law Forensic Scientist designation. AnneMarie has received a graduate certificate for her studies in Forensic Toxicology from the University of Florida. Additionally, graduated from the University of Florida with her Master’s Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences/Forensic Science with a concentration in Forensic Toxicology. Furthermore, AnneMarie is a two time graduate of the Axion Analytical Lab’s Forensic Chromatography Course and Forensic Principles of DUI-D course as well as successfully completed Axion Lab’s Forensic Drug Analysis course. AnneMarie also attended and successfully completed the Trial Advocacy School at the National Advocacy Center held at the United States Department of Justice in South Carolina in 2007. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, DUI Defense Lawyers Association, National College of DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star.

David Robbins:  David M. Robbins attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree.  He then graduated from the University of Florida Law School and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1972.  Upon graduation from law school, he worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, for approximately 3 years and entered the private practice of law in 1975, establishing the law firm of Epstein & Robbins.  He has concentrated on DUI defense and criminal law for the past 42 years. Mr. Robbins has served as vice chairman of the Florida Traffic Rules Committee of the Florida Bar and has also been a member of the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Mr. Robbins has lectured at the Blood Breath and Tears seminar for the last 16 years with the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as many other seminars. 

Maria Mata Ruhl: Maria Mata Ruhl is the founder of Ruhl Law, P.A. and was admitted to practice in Florida in 2005. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Florida International University and received her J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, FL. During her time in law school, Maria served as a member of Law Review and the Moot Court Board.  She also interned as a law clerk for a Federal Judge in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. She is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the National College for DUI Defense. Maria is fluent in English and Spanish. Contact Maria through email at, or by phone at (855) RUHL LAW.  Areas of Practice:  Criminal Law; Family Law; and, Immigration Law.

Chuck Shafer:  Since 1986, T. Charles Shafer has been defending those accused of crimes. He has extensive experience, having been involved in numerous criminal jury trials, and countless bench trials. He attended the University of South Carolina, where he received his undergraduate degree in political science. After graduating with academic honors, Mr. Shafer attended law school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before he even had received his law degree, Mr. Shafer had gained criminal experience, representing federal inmates before parole boards while a member of the UNC Prisoner’s Rights Project.  Mr. Shafer as an assistant public defender for three years.  In 1991 Mr. Shafer opened his own law firm. Attorney Shafer is AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most respectable attorney rating services in the nation.

Brian Tannebaum:  Brian Tannebaum is a Past President of FACDL and the Miami Chapter. His clients are either lawyers trying to remain lawyers, law students trying to become lawyers, or those facing state or federal criminal charges. His professional ethics blog,, was honored as one of the top 100 legal blogs by the ABA in 2011. He is also a former columnist for Above the Law and the author of The Practice: Brutal Truths About Lawyers and Lawyering, published by the ABA in 2014. In 2011 he was certified as a sommelier, and now spends more time answering questions about wine than law.

Dr. C. Valentine:  Dr. Carrie R. Valentine obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry from the Honors College at the University of Oregon in 1968 and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. She took post- doctoral training both at the University of Montana and the University of California-Davis. Dr. Valentine taught microbiology and molecular biology to nursing, medical, and dental students at the Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1979- 1990. From 1990-1992 she was a faculty member within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1992 she accepted a position as a Research Microbiologist for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas, until retiring in 2008, when she received the FDA Distinguished Career Service Award. She now teaches online biology for Grand Canyon University and works with her husband, Dr. Jimmie Valentine on consultations and scientific writing.

Dr. J. Valentine: Dr. Valentine has B.S. degrees in both Biology and Chemistry from Centenary College of Louisiana; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Mississippi in Medicinal Chemistry. He retired in 2008 from the University of Arkansas, College of Medicine, where he served for 19-years as Professor of Pediatrics, Pharmacology, and Myeloma Research and the last 5-years as Chairman of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences which oversaw all the human research in the various colleges and affiliated Veterans’ Hospitals. Prior to that Dr. Valentine was a faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Lecturer in Medicine) and Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Associate and Full Professor and Chairman of Pharmacology). At all the academic institutions where Dr. Valentine served as a faculty member he also directed Toxicology laboratories and had active research programs in the fields of drugs of abuse, performing and developing analytical techniques for determining drugs of abuse, and correlating levels found in humans with behavioral effects.  Dr. Valentine was a pioneer in utilizing gas and liquid chromatography for analysis of human physiological fluids and tissues. He has presented at many scientific meetings on the correlation of drug use and behavioral effects in relationship to levels determined in physiological fluids both in living and post-mortem situations. Dr. Valentine has testified in numerous civil and criminal trials, and administrative hearings concerning drug findings and has been qualified as an expert witness in 28 different states as well as Federal courts and military court martial proceedings. Dr. Valentine now serves as a consultant in medical pharmacology and toxicology.

Varinia Van Ness: Varinia Van Ness received her Juris Doctor Degree in May 1991 from Stetson University College of Law.  Prior to attending Law school and after receiving her degree Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Cum Laude from the University of Florida, Gainesville in May 1988, Varinia lived in Bern, Switzerland for 4 months.  She was an assistant state attorney in Sarasota, Florida from 1991 to 1998 handing all types of cases, including major crimes.  In 2002 Varinia opened her own practice, Van Ness Law Group, P.A.  Varinia practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense both State and Federal and has amounted over 100 jury trials with extensive experience in DUI defense.

Jay Zager:  Jay Zager is a DUI / DWI Forensic Alcohol Consultant who has dedicated his career to the field of DUI / DWI investigation and breath alcohol testing. He is a retired Broward County Sheriff’s Office DUI Task Force Deputy Sheriff & Breath Alcohol Testing Program (BAT) coordinator. Mr. Zager was a subject matter expert who assisted in the writing of the DUI Intoxilyzer curriculum manuals that were used for training breath test operators and inspectors throughout the State of Florida. He also served on many DWI / Breath Alcohol and Traffic Safety related committees. Mr. Zager was the government’s DUI consultant for impaired driving breath alcohol cases before he retired from law enforcement. He has testified in well over 1000 DUI / DWI prosecution and defense cases in his career, in local, state and federal courts nationwide.  He offers his DUI forensic services as a forensic DUI / DWI consultant, criminal investigator and DWI / DUI / OUI expert in the areas of breath alcohol testing, standardized field sobriety testing (SFST), dram shop litigation, portable breath testing (PBT), and alcohol ignition interlock, among others.  Mr. Zager has provided training or has lectured before many groups such as the American Bar Association (ABA), the National College for DUI Defense’s seminar conducted at Harvard Law School, MADD, SADD, and many others. He is a qualified NHTSA instructor. He continues to offer forensic seminars to legal professionals and judges nationwide. He has presented his forensic breath alcohol testing findings before the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (, the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety ( ) and the International Association for Chemical Testing ( both nationally and internationally.

For Those Unable to Attend the Live Seminar

Course Materials and Audio for CLE Credit. 

Materials for those unable to attend

FACDL Members .....$400.65 | Non-Members .....$400.65

Course material prices include all written materials, Audio files of speaker presentations via dropbox and information for attorney to post Continuing Legal Education Credit online with The Florida Bar.  NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE ONCE PURCHASED.