Updates from the past week:

Fortunately, I was in a position to help a couple of people. And that is what it is all about.

Veterans Practice:
* I am now one of only two VA accredited attorneys in Kirksville. …

Weekly Update


On Wednesday, October 13, 2016, Patrick Nolan received notification that his application for Department of Veteran’s Affair Attorney Accreditation is approved.

“It’s an honor to have another opportunity to help fellow veterans receive the much needed medical care and other …

Attorney Patrick Nolan Receives VA Accreditation


A DWI/DUI defense attorney needs to understand science. We know different volumes of expelled lung capacity, affected by different body temps, at differing pressures of force of blow, will directly affect the number and density of ethanol molecules in the …

Three ways Science Impacts the Breath Test



Dual process:

A Missouri DWI triggers two cases, one a criminal DWI and one a civil DWI administrative hearing. The criminal case is the prosecution against you for the alleged violation of Missouri’s laws against driving while intoxicated. The civil …

What to expect after you receive a DWI


If you take a breath test and the test result is .08% or above (.02 if you are under 21), the police officer will take your driver’s license and give you a temporary license and a hearing request form.  The …

Administrative Hearing


Blood tests can have a major impact on your DWI case. You and your attorney need to explore the circumstances of the blood test:

  • Was a warrant issued?
  • Was the warrant properly issued based on individualized circumstances?
  • How was the

Blood Test



The breath testing machine uses infrared light and a complicated computer program to determine what your breath alcohol level is. Then the breath alcohol level is converted to a blood alcohol level.

There are a number of issues with the …

Breath Testing


The observation period is critical to getting a valid blow on the breath test. It is also frequently overlooked by police officers. Prior to the breath test, an officer is required to conduct a 15-min observation/deprivation period.

This time is …

Observation Period


The Preliminary Breath Test is the portable, handheld breath tester police officers use after the field sobriety tests to add a little more weight to their probable cause for arresting you.

The PBT gives a breath alcohol score. The score …

Preliminary Breath Test



Missouri police officers are trained to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration standards. The NHTSA standardized field sobriety tests are a battery of three tests.

The first test in the battery is the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. Nystagmus is an involuntary …

Field Sobriety Tests


headscratchChoosing your criminal defense attorney is one of the most important choices you will make in your life. Your life and your name are on the line. You are not clipping coupons now – you want the best you can …

3 tips for picking a criminal defense attorney


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