About ACS-CHAL Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Jeff Martin from Virginia

Michael Tillotson & I started our firm with one simple goal: to be the best DWI/DUI attorneys in Virginia. Reaching our goal keeps us very busy in the courtroom and classroom.

I co-authored and update Virginia DUI Law: Understanding the Scientific, Medical, Technological, and Legal Aspects of a DUI Case (Westlaw, Virginia Practice Series Volume 16). This is the commentary on DUI law used by attorneys and judges in Virginia. Virginia DUI Law explains and exposes the scientific and legal vulnerabilities of breath tests, blood tests, field sobriety tests and so much more.

We host the only EC/IR II Breath Test Seminar in Virginia to educate judges and attorneys about the limitations of breath testing on the Intox EC/IR II. I am trained on the EC/IR II and we own the Intox EC/IR. Recently, our firm has discovered that Virginia’s EC/IR II has not been operating properly since 2013.

I am the only attorney in Virginia with an American Chemical Society (ACS) Forensic Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of ACS. This training and designation means that I understand the science of blood testing for DUI and DUI-drug cases.

I’m certified as a field sobriety test operator. We bring the NHTSA field sobriety test and EC/IR II breath test manuals with us to every case. Amazingly, I still have not seen any other attorney use them in court!

Our firm trains other attorneys and consults with attorneys on difficult DWI cases. When we need advice, we are just a few mouse clicks away from the best DWI attorneys and scientific experts in the United States through the National College of DUI Defense (NCDD), DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), and Forensic Chromatography Lawyers (ChromLawyers) listserves.

I graduated with honors from the William & Mary School of Law with the Gambrell Professional Award for written and oral advocacy and was one of only eleven students recognized for excellence in research, writing, analysis, and trial practice. I was awarded the Perkins Trust Scholarship and received the CALI Award for my work with the PELE Special Education Advocacy Clinic. I completed my requirements as a Mediator and was certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia.

My Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology from Towson University helps me in my work with the scientific and medical aspects of DUI. I graduated Summa Cum Laude with extensive course work in physiology and chemistry, and with a host of awards and scholarships. I participated in original research and worked at the University’s anatomy & physiology lab. I was also a trauma tech at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma (MIEMSS) in the Critical Care and Intensive Care Units.

In the years between undergrad and law school, I sharpened my speaking and advocacy skills by leading two successful churches in Appalachia and Wisconsin.

When not practicing the law throughout Virginia, I live with my wonderful wife, daughter, and dog in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Visit his website at: Virginia DWI/DUI Lawyers