Interview with Attorney Burmaster

#1: What made you choose a career in DUI defense?

I get to represent a lot of great people -- people who work hard, have families, and care about their community. I have represented doctors, lawyers, ministers, CEOs, janitors, laborers, military personnel of various ranks, and even police officers. DUI is considered a criminal charge, but unlike other cases, no intent is required. No one intends to get a DUI when they get up in the morning, but you can bet the bank robber does. These are regular, hard-working folks just like you and me that have made a mistake. I get to help them move past that mistake and get on with their lives.

#2: In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from other firms in the area?

I have 20 years of experience as a defense attorney, and before that I was a prosecutor in both Kansas and Missouri. I'm a member of the National College for DUI Defense. I've been around and I've tried hundreds of cases. Most importantly, when you hire me -- you get me. I won't send some kid, fresh out of law school, to handle your case.

#3: Tell us about a case that you are particularly proud of:

I represented a Federal Agent. I was able to keep his driver's license and he was able to keep his job.

#4: What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?

I put in the time. That's what it takes to win.

#5: How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?

I try to help my clients make good, informed decisions about their cases. We go over the reports, videos, and the other evidence together. I help them sort through what is important and what is not. Then, they call the play and I run with the ball.

#6: What sets you apart from other DUI attorneys – why is this important?

Experience -- the more you have the more you know.

#7: How does having experience benefit your clients?

I rarely see anything I haven't seen before. I know the courts, the lawyers, and the law. Knowing the rules and your opponent can go a long way toward winning a case.

#8: What types of cases do you specifically handle?

Criminal defense of all types; however, the majority of those cases are DUI cases.

#9: In your opinion, what is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

People read a lot of stuff on the internet that is just flat wrong. They often come into my office in a panic, scared to death. I like being able to set people at ease and help them get on with their lives.

#10: What advice do you most often give your clients & why?

Get a good, experienced attorney. DUI law is constantly changing, and it's difficult to understand. If you think you can do this yourself, ask yourself this question: Do you cut your own hair? This is a lot more important than that.

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