Kimberly Benjamin, Premier DUI Attorney, Advanced Level Training on Unconstitutional Fees In DUI Cases

Kimberly Benjamin recently received advanced level training, from the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, on Unconstitutional Fees In DUI Cases. Kimberly received training on a recent Court of Appeals Decision in Tennessee that administrative fees charged on blood draws are unconstitutional and violate due process. Many areas of the Country have similar administrative fees on DUI cases that may also be deemed as unconstitutional and violate due process. This training was provided to Association Members by David Ridings. Mr. Ridings is an AAPDA State Ambassador for Tennessee. Mr. Ridings’ office is located in Nashville, TN and his website is found at http://www.nashvillecriminalattorney.com/.

The American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys has compiled information from Judges, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors (the Top DUI Prosecutors in each State), DUI Prosecutors, current Law Enforcement Officers, former Law Enforcement Officers, and DUI Defense Attorneys to determine exactly what skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial.

When people need a DUI Attorney, the biggest challenge is knowing whether or not an attorney truly has the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases. Countless attorneys handle DUI cases. But, only a very small percentage have the skills, knowledge, training, tools, resources, and strategies that are needed to successfully resolve and win DUI cases.

Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys have received advanced level training on the strategies that win the most DUI cases at trial and are also used to get DUI cases successfully resolved for the defense prior to trial. Members of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys also have access to the resources and tools that are used to win and successfully resolve DUI cases and these are resources and tools that only a very small percentage of DUI attorneys have access to and use.

Kim Benjamin is a passionate trial lawyer with the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC, in Belton, Missouri, who has practiced since 1997 and has over 75 jury trials and over 250 bench trials. In recent years she has expanded her trial practice from criminal and DWI defense to include trial consulting work related to personal injury, and nursing home abuse & neglect, where lawyers seek Kim to be lead counsel due to her unique abilities and successes with juries.  In over 10 years she has not lost a jury trial.

Kim is on the faculty of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (TLC), where she teaches trial skills to civil & criminal lawyers from all across the United States, and on the faculty of the National College of DUI Defense. Kim has spoken at the National Child Abuse Defense & Resource Center (NCADRC) about a nationally publicized & highly sensationalized sex case she handled in Missouri, where she obtained a hard-fought dismissal.  In addition, Kim is a frequent lecturer at local seminars for The Missouri Bar, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, local DWI Defense organizations, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Missouri State Public Defender System.

Kim attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and then law school in Washington, DC, at the George Washington University National Law Center.  After working at the Pentagon for the US Department of Defense and the Federal Communications Commission, she returned to Missouri and worked for the Missouri State Public Defender System where she was promoted to manage an office as the District Defender.  After almost 6 years as a public defender, Kim returned to her hometown of Harrisonville, Missouri and opened her own law practice.  In 2011, the law firm was relocated to Belton, Missouri, where the firm focuses on civil and criminal law.

Kim is the co-director for the Missouri Bar and Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) annual DWI seminar at the Lake of the Ozarks, where lawyers all over the state attend to learn about DWI law.  Kim is on the Board of Directors for MACDL and served as the President in 2012-2013.  She is also a member of the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice (DWI Defense organization), Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association (KCMBA) and the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA).

In 2016 the Governor of Missouri appointed Kim to be on the Missouri Ethics Commission and it is her honor to serve her community in this appointment. Kim also volunteers her time to assist teenagers in the Cass County Youth Court program, where high school students act as lawyers and judges to handle minor juvenile law violations in the community.

Tips to Avoid Semi Truck Accidents on the Highway in Kansas City and Cass County

Most truck drivers on the road are highly skilled drivers who must qualify for special commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) before driving a semi truck. These drivers must comply with stricter rules to help protect the safety of other motorists on the highway. Unfortunately, even the most careful and skillful drivers face higher risks of accidents because of the challenges of driving large, heavy, trucks on the highway with many potential hazards such as road debris, careless drivers, and bad weather. In addition, there are some truck drivers who drive while distracted, sleep-deprived, inexperienced, or carelessly, putting other motorists at great risk on the highway.

Driving in Front of a Semi Truck

If you must slow down in front of a semi truck on the highway, slow down gradually. A semi truck with a full load can take the distance of over three football fields to stop. This will require that you stay alert to the potential hazards in front of you so that any semi truck driver behind you will have plenty of warning to avoid hitting you. If a semi truck is following too close behind you, move out of the way and let the truck pass you. Be careful when you change lanes and make sure you use your blinker to give semi truck drivers time to react. Remember that semi trucks do not maneuver as easily as cars so they cannot react as quickly to your lane or speed changes.

Driving Behind a Semi Truck

If you need to pass a semi truck in front of you, remember to be patient! Wait until you can safely pass, a few moments of patience can save your life. Do not tailgate the semi truck in front of you. You may be unaware of heavy traffic or other issues in front of the semi truck requiring him to quickly brake and you must be prepared to respond to a sudden stop at any moment in front of you. Be aware of the semi truck driver’s blind spot and do not hang out there. When you are directly behind the semi truck and when you begin your pass of the semi truck, chances are the semi truck driver cannot see you. As you can guess, you are in danger anytime you come close to a semi truck when the driver cannot see your car.

Pay Attention on the Highway

Pay attention when you drive! The most important thing you can do to avoid accidents with semi trucks or any other type of accident is to pay attention. Texting and dialing your cell phone can wait until you reach your destination.

Unfortunately, even the greatest amount of care cannot always be enough to avoid a car accident. If you are injured in an accident with a semi truck, contact the experienced attorneys at Benjamin Law Firm at 816-322-8008 for a consultation. We will work with you and your family to recover the compensation you deserve from the semi truck driver and the trucking company.