Two weeks ago I tried a DUI that had career implications for my client. The police were very upset about the prospect of a trial and having to be in court all day. They didn’t like my outlook on the case and asked a “regular” who is this guy Bernstein. He told them you better watch out he teaches this stuff. They ask if I am as good as he is and he says “I go to his classes. He teaches me.” Talk about setting the right tone. The “regular” and I were laughing about this, but compliments don’t win cases. The State did not comply with the Evidence Rules and the breath test was suppressed. My original offer of a Reckless that was sneered at by the police was now acceptable. Case ended with a Reckless and a PBJ (no points and no MVA sanctions). I guess those two police will recognize my name the next time.