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
#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