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Since graduating from the University of Tennessee Law School in 1980, Mr. Oberman has become established as a national authority on the intricacies of DUI defense law. Steve is a former Dean if the National College for DUI Defense, co-author of a national treatise, ("Drunk Driving Defense" published by Aspen/Wolters-Kluwer) and author of "DUI: The Crime and Consequences in Tennessee" (published by Thomson-Reuters/West). He has taught thousands of lawyers, judges and members of the general public about the intricacies of this crime. As a Tennessee DUI attorney, Mr. Oberman has successfully defended over two thousand clients charged with Driving Under the Influence of alcohol and/or drugs. In 2006, Mr. Oberman became the first DUI lawyer in Tennessee to be recognized by the National College for DUI Defense as a Board Certified Specialist in the area of DUI Defense law.

Firm: Oberman & Rice Law Firm

Areas of Practice: DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Traffic

Address: 550 Main Street Suite 730 Knoxville, Tennessee TN 37902

Phone: (865) 249-7200

Fax: (865) 540-1696

Undergraduate: AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Auburn, Alabama Bachelor of Arts 1977

Law School: UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW, Knoxville, Tennessee Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1980

Professional Affiliations: Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1980 – Present) Federal Defender Services of Eastern Tennessee, Incorporated; Board of Directors (1993 – 2000); Vice President (1994 – 1998); President (1998 – 2000) Knoxville Bar Association (1980 – 2006); Co-Chair Judicial Committee (1997 – 2001) National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1982 – Present); Chair or Co-Chair DUI Advocacy Committee (1995 – Present) National College for DUI Defense, Inc.; Dean (2009-10); Board of Regents (1999 – Present); Founding Member; Fellow, 2010 – present Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1980 – 2006); Board of Directors (1983 – 1989)

Professional Accomplishments: Steve has been a member of the Board of Regents of the National College for DUI Defense since 1999 and began his term as Dean of the College in July 2009. He was also the first lawyer in Tennessee to be certified as a DUI Defense Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense.

Professional Experience: 2008 – Present: The Oberman Law Firm An Association of Trial Lawyers Knoxville, Tennessee 1986 – 2008: Daniel & Oberman An Association of Trial Attorneys Knoxville, Tennessee 1996 – Present: Adjunct Professor University of Tennessee Law School Knoxville, Tennessee 1993 – 1995: Adjunct Associate Professor University of Tennessee Law School Knoxville, Tennessee 1983 – 1985: Daniel, Claiborne, Oberman & Buuck Attorneys at Law Knoxville, Tennessee 1980 – 1982: Daniel, Claiborne & Lewallen Attorneys at Law Knoxville, Tennessee

Additional Education: Certified as a Specialist in DUI Defense Law by the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., 1999 Certified as a Specialist in DUI Defense Law by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education & Specialization, 2006

If you would like to contact the author, please visit: http://www.tndui.com


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Breath testing devices are commonly used by police officers in their pursuit to enforce Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI/OUI, etc.) laws across the nation. These devices not only detect the presence of ethanol, but also attempt to quantify the amount of alcohol in one’s blood. Every state has adopted a per se limit of .08 percent of alcohol in the person’s blood. This means that if a person has a blood alcohol level (breath tests are also commonly used to ... Read More »

College Students and Substance Abuse

Survey Suggests College Students have a High Risk of Substance Abuse A recent survey suggests that college students are less likely than those not attending college to be warned by healthcare professionals of the risks and dangers of abusing drugs or alcohol. This survey is extremely troubling because current college enrollees are “binge drinking” or drinking to an extreme in a short period of time. The results of the survey raise the question- why are these young students in college ... Read More »

Citizen’s Arrest or Vigilante Justice?

A recent decision by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed that a private citizen may conduct a traffic stop on another private citizen. State v. Wilburn, (Tenn. Crim. App. 2015), was brought to the court’s attention on a certified question of law regarding the denial of the Defendant’s motion to suppress (make inadmissible) all evidence collected against him due to an unconstitutional traffic stop. The Wilburn case involved a driver being pulled over and eventually arrested by a ... Read More »

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol? Not if this High-Tech Device is Operational.

Development of high-tech equipment named the “Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety” (DADSS) aims to keep potential drunk drivers off the road. In a recent article written on timesunion.com by Tatiana Cirisano, this device will attempt to detect the driver’s blood alcohol content by using breath and touch tests. If the DADSS detects alcohol over the legal limit (.08 percent in all states), the vehicle will shut down and become non-operational. DADSS is a collaborative research partnership between the Automotive ... Read More »

Some Say Hindsight is 20/20 — Can the Same Be Said for Body Cameras?

Across our country police officers are using body cameras to videotape arrests. ABC News posted an article discussing the advantages and disadvantages of body camera use by police officers. A vendor with a photograph of a body camera and more information is: BodyCam. Some experts claim that body cameras will force police officers to follow procedure and allow for every moment at the time of the incident to be documented and reviewed.  Others claim the equipment is too cumbersome or ... Read More »

Tennessee Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign Cancelled Because of Impaired Judgment

Tennessee residents are familiar with the Governor’s Highway Safety’s Office (GHSO) ongoing campaign to deter drunk drivers. During the summer months, the GHSO has a reoccurring theme called “100 Days of Summer Heat Booze It and Lose It”. The main goal of this campaign is to prevent people from drinking and driving on Tennessee roads. Recently, the GHSO released a new campaign meant to target young males in Tennesseans bars and restaurants by printing coasters with an anti-drinking and driving ... Read More »

One Day Touching Your Car Will Detect Alcohol

A recent USA Today article discusses how technological advances have developed new passive alcohol sensors that may help prevent drunk driving (DUI or DWI).  Ignition Interlock Devices have been in general use around the country for years (requiring the driver to blow into the device before starting their vehicle in order to ensure their breath alcohol levels do not exceed the set limits) and are required for many drivers who have been convicted of a DUI or related offense in ... Read More »

Canine Sniffs and DUIs – United States v. Rodriguez

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Tennessee – Tough on DUIs!

A 2015 study conducted and released by Wallethub.com, a personal finance website, ranks the strictness and/or leniency of penalties relating to DUI convictions in each state and the District of Columbia.   Analysts for the company based their ranking system on several different factors including, but not limited to, mandatory minimum jail sentences and fines, administrative driver’s license suspension, length of time that an Ignition Interlock Device is required to be used by a DUI offender, and average monetary increase of ... Read More »

Driving Under the Influence of Whipped Creme?

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