The attorneys of Benjamin Law Firm are pleased to announce the release of the “I Got Stopped!” app. A mobile application designed to protect your legal rights if you are stopped by law enforcement for a DUI / DWI or other traffic matter.
What the “I Got Stopped!” App Can do For You
The “I Got Stopped!” app is not only designed to advise you if you are pulled over, but also to provide you with the tools that you need to protect your legal rights. With the push of a conveniently placed “I’m Being Pulled Over – Record Now” button you are able to record your encounter with law enforcement and also send a text message to your emergency contact. This text message notifies your emergency contact that you have been stopped and also provides them with a link that can provide directions to the general area where you were pulled over. Of course the app also allows you to quickly call the attorneys of Benjamin Law firm to discuss your legal rights and the actions that you need to take when stopped by law enforcement for a DUI / DWI or other traffic matter.
Beyond providing you with tools to use if you are stopped for a DUI / DWI, the “I Got Stopped!” app also provides you with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) calculator that can help you to estimate your blood alcohol content and in turn avoid getting a DUI / DWI. The BAC calculator is provided for purely informational purposes and is not intended to provide legal advice. Since blood alcohol content can be affected by a number of different variables, it can only provide a rough estimation of your blood alcohol content. With that said, it is a great way of reminding yourself to drink responsibly and not risk a DUI / DWI.
Protect Yourself From the Consequences of a DUI / DWI
If you are convicted of a DUI / DWI in the state of Missouri you risk paying large fines, having your license taken away, and even losing your job. DUI / DWI charges can be particularly devastating if your work requires a CDL license. Even your first DUI / DWI offense can lead to penalties and the penalties will only become more damaging in the future. Perhaps more importantly, impaired driving can result in you injuring yourself or someone else. This is why it is important to stay informed and protect your rights with the “I Got Stopped!” app.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Before you are ever pulled over, download the “I Got Stopped!” app, take some time to read the “Know Your Rights” section, and familiarize yourself with how the app works, so that you can be prepared if you are pulled over. Also make sure to review the “Disclaimer” section regarding use of the app.
Download the “I Got Stopped!” app to protect your legal rights if you are stopped by law enforcement for a possible DUI / DWI or other traffic offense in Missouri. And then, once you have downloaded the app, please let us know about any feedback that you may have. We are eager to improve this application so that it can further assist you in protecting your legal rights and avoiding a DUI / DWI.
Kimberly Benjamin is the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) 2013-2014 president. MACDL is a statewide organization, composed of criminal defense lawyers, that assists lawyers who need help with appellate issues and other challenging legal matters, which relate to the practice of criminal defense. The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers provides a vital, unified, voice to criminal defense lawyers throughout the state of Missouri.
The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers started out as just a few defense lawyers, who decided that Missouri needed an organization like the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), an organization that seeks to maintain our cherished civil rights and liberties, by supporting rational criminal justice policies which promote fairness for all. This small group, with the common goal of defending the Constitution and being the best defense lawyers they could be, started an organization that is now well over 400 members strong. The mission of MACDL is to promote the fair administration of criminal justice, to encourage the integrity and expertise of criminal defense lawyers, to provide a forum for the exchange of information regarding the administration of criminal justice, to protect individual rights, to improve the practice and procedure of criminal law, and to promote the knowledge of criminal law among its members.
The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers conducts legal education seminars for criminal defense lawyers in Missouri and is the only statewide organization that lobbies the Missouri Legislature in support of the rights of the criminally accused. Through this latter role, MACDL testifies to State Legislative Committees, on appellate and criminal defense issues and both pursues new legislation and defeats bad legislation in Jefferson City. Year after year, MACDL has fought to protect our Constitutional rights at the state capitol and within each of our state’s courtrooms. Each year MACDL tracks and monitors all of the bills filed in the Missouri Legislature that relate to criminal law. Often, MACDL will take a position on proposed criminal law legislation and testify accordingly before legislative committees.
The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers also maintains the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers` Strike Force. This service provides protection to Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers members who have been threatened for providing legal representation to a client in a criminal proceeding.
Kimberly is only the second woman to become President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers since its inception. She is an authority on appellate and criminal defense issues. Due to both her level of expertise and her involvement with MACDL, she has been interviewed by several newspapers about criminal defense issues. Kimberly’s term as the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers president has helped her to enhance her litigation skills and her ability to apply those skills within her criminal defense practice.
More information can be found about the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers at their website: http://www.macdl.net
Kimberly Benjamin has worked with a number of organizations during her career as a criminal defense lawyer. Through these organizations, she has been able to teach other criminal defense lawyers, share her DUI / DWI defense expertise at conferences, and act as a moderator during seminars. Below we highlight some of the organizations that Kimberly has been involved with.
Kimberly Regularly Taught at Conferences Held by the Missouri State Public Defender System (MSPD).
The Missouri Public Defender System provides legal representation to indigent Missourians who are accused or convicted of crimes. The MSPD is a statewide agency composed primarily of three divisions: A Trial Division, Capital Division, and Appellate / Post-Conviction Division. Training is one of the Missouri Public Defender System’s top priorities, as it maintains a tradition of zealous advocacy and provides defense teams to clients in need of public defenders.
Kimberly Teaches for the Missouri Bar Association.
The Missouri Bar Association offers a variety of services to its members, the news media, and the citizens of Missouri. It administers Missouri’s minimum continuing legal education requirements and provides continuing legal education publications, to help lawyers stay current and meet those requirements. The Missouri Bar Association also works with the Missouri General Assembly to monitor legislation and works for the passage of legislation that positively affects the administration of justice in Missouri. Furthermore, the Missouri Bar Association works with the media and issues a number of annual publications designed to teach Missourians about the law and their legal system.
Kimberly Serves as Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College (TLC) Faculty Member.
The Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College is not just committed to training lawyers, it is committed to creating legal warriors who will fight for justice in courtrooms across the country. Trial Lawyers College faculty members volunteer their time, while teaching courses on a variety of legal subjects.
Kimberly is a National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers Member.
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of attorneys who demonstrate not only superior legal skills, but also superior leadership abilities. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 provides information, education, and networking opportunities to its members, while devoting itself to the preservation of justice.
Kimberly has Served as the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) Continuing Legal Education Chair and has Provided Instruction During Their Conferences.
The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is a statewide organization that assists lawyers with appellate issues and other challenging legal questions, which relate to the practice of criminal defense within the state of Missouri. The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers also provides educational seminars to its members and lobbys the Missouri Legislature on behalf of the criminally accused.
Kimberly is a Member of the National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD).
The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC (NAFDD) exists to recognize the nation’s best private DUI / DWI attorneys. NAFDD identifies the best criminal defense attorneys in each state who have specialized in representing individuals accused of DUI / DWI offenses.