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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


Avoiding a DUI – Guaranteed

  Holidays are a time for family, fellowship, and festivities.  However, take precautionary measures if your holiday celebrations include alcohol. Many sober and safe ride services are available during holidays to limit the amount of intoxicated drivers and maintain safe roads.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has compiled a list of designated driver services across the country, some of which conveniently return you, and your vehicle, back home. [1]  Other services and programs offer designated drivers, scheduled pick-ups, ... Read More »

The Uber Effect

The Uber Effect – Safety May Be Just One Click Away Launched in 2009, Uber has transformed travel habits through its popular and efficient system of matching potential passengers to Uber drivers and instantaneous wireless payments.  By virtue of Uber’s app or website,[1] individuals may personalize their means of transportation by price and vehicle type.  Expanding to over 200 cities world-wide, Uber has become a viable travel alternative for many. [2] Uber’s success derives from its claim of economic efficiency, ... Read More »

Southern Drawl or Alcohol?

Southern Drawl or Alcohol? Effects of One’s Speech on an Officer’s Perception of Their Soberness There is an array of characteristics that affect the cadence of one’s speech and their accent. Culture, heritage, geographical location, and education are all contributing factors to the way we speak. For example, it is a widespread stereotype that those from the Southern states of America are pegged with having a “drawl.” But is this endearing charm equivalent to signs that police officers often label ... Read More »

Facial Recognition by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Knoxville recently added its third self-service kiosk designed for convenient driver’s license renewal. This kiosk, like the forty others in Tennessee, functions using biometric facial recognition technology to recognize the driver. As of 2013, agencies in thirty-seven states, including the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, were using a database of photos for facial recognition: amounting to an estimated 120 million Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) photos kept in databases around the nation. Be aware, though that the implications ... Read More »

Combatting Alcoholism – There’s An App For That

Smartphone applications (apps) seem to have permeated every facet of our lives. For people fighting alcohol addiction, there are a host of apps available to help. In a recent interview, Dr. David Gustafson, director of the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the University of Wisconsin, discussed the benefits of a recently released app, A-CHESS. The application provides a number of services to those seeking assistance. One service involves a GPS monitoring system which triggers an alarm when the ... Read More »

Alcohol Inhalation On The Rise – Yes, Alcohol Inhalation

Though similar devices have been marketed in the past, a fad in alcohol consumption has reemerged in the form of the Vaportini.  The Vaportini is an alcohol inhalation device that enables users to heat their favorite liquors in a glass sphere.  This sphere fills with alcohol vapor; the user employs a straw to inhale the vapors through a small opening in the sphere.  A diagram of how it works can be found here. According to reports in the U.S. and ... Read More »

Criminal Court Judge Provides First-aid For Crash Victim Set To Appear In Her Court

Reports from Albuquerque, New Mexico, tell of Judge Sheri Raphaelson stopping to aid crash victim Isaac Martinez.  On February 12, 2014 Mr. Martinez was on his way to Judge Raphaelson’s court for burglary charges, when the truck driven by his mother slid off the snowy road.  Judge Raphaelson, riding with her bailiff, saw the crash and stopped.[1] Raphaelson is trained as an emergency medical technician and mid-wife, and was able to keep Mr. Martinez calm until emergency personnel arrived on ... Read More »

New Technology to End Drunk Driving?

In August 2013, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Chief David Strickland wrote to the CEO’s of major automakers and urged them to continue supporting research and development of in-vehicle alcohol detection systems.  In 2008, research funded by automakers and the federal government began an effort to develop in-vehicle technologies that would prevent intoxicated drivers from starting and driving a car.  Although the Ignition Interlock Devices that are currently used accomplish this same goal, this new technology would differ significantly. Ignition ... Read More »

Legally Prescribed Medication May Lead to a DUI Conviction

I receive many calls from persons arrested for DUI by prescription drugs who want to use as their defense the fact that they were taking the dosage of medication prescribed by their physician.  Today, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are a normal part of daily life for many people—many of whom are surprised to hear that taking a legally prescribed medication can still lead to a DUI conviction. Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs may impair a person’s ability to operate a ... Read More »

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Re-Testing 2,800 Blood Alcohol Samples After Discovering a Mistaken Switch

The Knoxville News Sentinel (the local Knoxville newspaper) reported on a recent discovery that a TBI employee had mishandled and mistakenly switched the blood alcohol samples from two different people. This mishandling of evidence caused a man to be charged with DUI and vehicular homicide after he was involved in a fatal crash.  The incorrect sample showed that the man had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .24%—when his actual BAC was .01%.  The mistake was only discovered after the ... Read More »