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Carl M. Ward is a nationally known criminal defense lawyer. A strong dedication to exemplary criminal defense has earned Mr. Ward the respect of his peers. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, holds a 10.0 AVVO “Superb” rating, has been included in Super Lawyers Magazine, and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. U.S. News & World Report has also included his firm in its “Best Law Firms” ranking. Carl was the recipient of the Robert Duncan Appellate Excellence Award, the Bernard Edelman Tradition Award, and the President’s Award from the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He was named to The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” in the area of DWI/DUI defense, St. Louis Area’s Top Attorneys in the area of DUI/DWI Defense by St. Louis Magazine, the Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Missouri by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the Nation’s “Top One Percent” in DWI/DUI Defense by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
Mr. Ward has been trained in the use and maintenance of breath alcohol testing devices and owns several breath testing instruments. Carl has also completed an extensive training course on the use of gas chromatography to test blood samples for alcohol. He has been a NHTSA/IACP trained Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and DWI Detection Instructor since 2000, and has served as an instructor at dozens of police training programs for state, county and municipal law enforcement officers since that time.
Mr. Ward frequently lectures on DWI law at continuing legal education programs and seminars. He chaired or moderated the largest DWI law seminars for lawyers in Missouri for twenty (20) consecutive years. He is a member of various bars and associations, including the Missouri Bar, Franklin County Bar Association, National College for DUI Defense, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association. Carl is also the founder of the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice, and is a Past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 2018, he received the National Leadership Award for DWI Defense by the National College for DUI Defense. Carl currently serves as Governor of District 13 of the Missouri Bar Association.
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