Carl M. Ward

Carl M. Ward

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Washington, MO

Ward & Childress
 | 305 W. Fourth Street, Washington, MO 63090
Phone: 636-390-0070
Fax: 314-754-8178
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (90%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Nationally recognized attorney Carl M. Ward defends the rights of those accused of crimes, particularly drunk driving.  Mr. Ward has extensive experience in criminal, constitutional and administrative law, and focuses his entire practice on trials and appeals.  He is trained in the use of breath testing equipment, gas chromatography instruments, and field sobriety testing, to determine intoxication - knowledge that makes an impact in the courtroom. At Ward & Childress, Mr. Ward accepts clients in the St. Louis area and throughout the State of Missouri.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1981 from the University of Missouri, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Mr. Ward earned his Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1984, and was admitted to practice law in Missouri that year.

A strong dedication to exemplary DUI/DWI defense has earned Mr. Ward the respect of his peers. U.S. News & World Report has included him in its "Best Law Firms" ranking. He was the recipient of the Robert Dunn Appellate Excellence Award and the Bernie Edelman Tradition Award from the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 10 years, holds a 10.0 AVVO "Superb" rating, has been named a "Superlawyer" for ten consecutive years, and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America.  He was named to The National Trial Lawyers "Top 100" in the area of DWI/DUI defense, Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Missouri, St. Louis Magazine's Top DWI lawyer list in St. Louis, the Nation's Top One Percent, and has received many, many other honors.

Mr. Ward frequently lectures on DWI defense law for continuing legal education programs and seminars. He has chaired or moderated the largest DWI seminars for lawyers in Missouri every year since 1997. He is a member of various bars and associations, including The Missouri Bar, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National College for DUI Defense. He is the founder of the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice, and is the Immediate Past President of the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 

About Carl Ward

Admitted: 1984, Missouri

Professional Webpage: http://www.criminaldefensemo.com/Attorneys/Carl-M-Ward.shtml

Honors/Awards:

  • St. Louis Area's Top Attorneys in the area of DUI/DWI Defense, St. Louis Magazine
  • AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating for 10 consecutive years
  • AVVO Superb 10.0/10.0 Rating.  AVVO.com
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri and Kansas.  KC Magazine
  • “Top 10 Criminal Defense Lawyers” in Missouri , National Academy of Criminal Defense
  • The National Trial Lawyers "Top 100" Award Recipient  
  • First Tier among Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers
  • Client Distinction Award.  Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Top Attorneys in Missouri.  KC Magazine
  • Named to “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of DUI/DWI Defense.  Best Lawyers Magazine
  • “First Tier Among Best Law Firms”, U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers
  • Robert Duncan Award of Appellate Excellence. Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers Choice Award in the area of DWI Defense. American Lawyers & Law Firms Directory
  • Bernie Edelman Tradition Award.  Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Best Missouri Attorneys.  American Registry
  • Nation's "Top One Percent" in DWI/DUI Defense, National Association of Distinguished Counsel

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor, 2000

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Franklin County Bar Association
  • Member, California DUI Lawyers Association
  • President, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2015
  • Founding member, Missouri Society for Criminal Justice, 2006
  • Member, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2012
  • Secretary, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2013
  • Member, The Missouri Bar, 1984
  • Member, National College for DUI Defense, 1989
  • Vice President, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2014
  • Member, Board of Directors, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007
  • Immediate Past President, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Instructor:  DWI Practical Training Program.  Eastern Missouri Police Academy. June 21, 2009
  • Program Chair and Speaker: "Standardized Field Sobriety Testing." MU Law School. 5th Annual DWI Defense Institute - Defending the Drinking Driver. Clayton, Ozark, Mo.  October 6-7, 2000
  • Speaker: "Defending DWI Cases." Missouri State Public Defenders Annual College.  Branson, Mo. April 8, 2010
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy. June 2, 2009
  • Program Chair and Speaker: "What Happened to the Bill of Rights and the Rules of Evidence in Department of Revenue Cases? Retreat or Fix Bayonets?" MU Law School. 4th Annual DWI Defense Institute - Defending the Drinking Driver. Lake Ozark, Mo.  May 7, 1999
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker:  "How to Win an Administrative DWI Suspension Hearing." 3rd Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. Lake Ozark, Mo.  2010
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy. June 1, 2009
  • Program Chair and Speaker: "Field Sobriety Testing and Dealing with the Testimony of the Arresting Officer." MU Law School - Getting Tough on DWI - The Defense. Town & Country, Mo. June 12, 1998
  • Speaker: "Mock Jury Trial of a DWI Case." National Association of Legal Secretaries Annual Meeting. Washington, Mo.  February 7, 2009
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Kirkwood, Mo.  April 21, 2009
  • Program Moderator and Speaker: "Field Sobriety Testing and Practical Tips on Dealing with the Testimony of the Arresting Officer.” MU Law School - A Practical Approach to DWI Defense. Clayton, Mo.  June 20, 1997
  • Speaker: "Mock Jury Trial of a DWI Case." Missouri Municipal Court Clerk's Association Annual Meeting. Osage Beach, Mo.  2009
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Kirkwood, Mo.  March 18, 2009
  • Speaker: "Successful Strategies in Defending a DWI Case." MU Law School - Defending Your Client in a DWI Case. St. Louis, Mo.  March 22, 1996
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: “Mock Trial of a DWI Case.” MoBar and MACDL. Science and Law in a DWI Case.  Lake Ozark, Mo.  July 24-25, 2009
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Eastern Missouri Police Academy. February 18, 2009
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: “Administrative DWI Law", The Missouri Bar - 8th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. Osage Beach, Mo.  2015
  • Speaker: “CDL and Abuse and Lose Law in Missouri.” National Association of Legal Secretaries Annual Meeting.  St. Louis, Mo.  May 3, 2008
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Kirkwood, Mo. January 14, 2009
  • Program Co-Chair, The Missouri Bar - 9th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. Osage Beach, Mo.  2015
  • Speaker: “Creating Drama in the Courtroom.” The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Making the Courtroom Your Stage.  Branson, Mo.  April 18, 2008
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Kirksville, Mo. April 1, 2008
  • Speaker:  “Administrative Alcohol Suspensions.” The Missouri Bar - How to Series: DWI/DUI. Interactive telephone seminar.  December 10, 2008
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: “Direct Examination of Defendant’s Field Sobriety Test Expert.” The Missouri Bar. 1st Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. MoBar and MACDL: Mock Jury Trial of a DWI Case, Lake Ozark, Mo.  July 25-26, 2008
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Kirksville, Mo. March 19, 2008
  • Presenter: "Saturday Morning Hangover - The Headaches of Representing a Client with a DWI case.” The Missouri Bar Solo and Small Firm Conference.  Osage Beach, Mo.  June 9, 2007 
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Ballwin Police Department. August 24, 2007
  • Speaker: “Breath Alcohol Testing.” District VII Justice Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity International Meeting. Washington, Mo.  September 29, 2007
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Washington Missouri Public Safety Building, March 13-16, 2007 
  • Speaker: "Defending Administrative Alcohol Suspension Cases." The Missouri Bar - How to Series: DWI/DUI.  Interactive telephone seminar.  September 11, 2007
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course Held at St. Louis County Police Training Center.  January 31, 2007
  • Program Host and Speaker: Carl Ward’s Training Camp #3 - "Defending Your Client's Driver's License Following a DWI Arrest." Columbia, Mo.  March 30, 2007  
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Overland Police Department. August 9,   2006 
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: "Breath and Blood Testing." The Missouri Bar - Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. Lake Ozark, Mo. July 27-28, 2007
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Jefferson College Police Academy.  June 15, 2006
  • Speaker: “Blood and Breath Testing.” Missouri State Public Defender's College. St. Louis, Mo. 2006
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Washington PD.  March 17, 2006
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: “Winning Moves in a DOR Case.” Effective Challenges to the Traffic Stop, Arrest, Field Sobriety Tests, and Blood Test. The Missouri Bar. 4th Annual DWI Symposium. Lake Ozark, Mo.  July 28-29, 2006
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Creve Coeur PD.  March 15, 2006  
  • Faculty Member & Speaker:  "Department of Revenue Cases." Missouri Judicial College.  Lake Ozark, Mo.  August 5, 2002
  • Program Host and Instructor: Carl Ward’s Training Camp #2 - “Defending Your Client's Driver's License Following a DWI Arrest.” Clayton, Mo.  November 10, 2006
  • Instructor: DWI & SFST Training. Washington Police Department. March 10, 2006  
  • Speaker:  DWI Law Update. 1st Annual MADD Tool Box.  St. Louis, Mo. 2011
  • Program Host and Instructor:  Carl Ward’s Training Camp #1 - “Defending Your Client's Driver's License Following a DWI Arrest.” Clayton, Mo. October 6, 2006
  • Instructor: DWI & SFST Training. Chesterfield Police Department. February 9, 2004
  • Speaker:  DWI Law Update. Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Annual Conference.  Lake Ozark, Mo. 2011
  • Program Co-Moderator and Speaker: "Challenging Administrative Suspensions and Refusals." The Missouri Bar – Demystifying the DWI Process: Nuts and Bolts of DWI Defense.  Kansas City, Mo.  June 25, 2005
  • Instructor: DWI & SFST Training. Chesterfield Police Department. February 6, 2004
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Union, Mo. March 1, 2011.
  • Program Co-Moderator and Speaker: "Challenging Administrative Suspensions and Refusals." The Missouri Bar - Demystifying the DWI Process:  Nuts and Bolts of DWI Defense.  St. Louis, Mo. June 24, 2005
  • Instructor: DWI & SFST Training. Chesterfield Police Department. January 29, 2004
  • Instructor: DWI & SFST Training. Chesterfield Police Department. January 26, 2004
  • Instructor: NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Eastern Missouri Police Academy. June 21, 2011
  • Speaker: “Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.” Strategies in Handling DWI Cases in Missouri. Lorman Education Services. Maryland Heights, Mo.  June 24, 2004
  • Instructor: DWI & SFST Training. Chesterfield Police Department. January 23, 2004
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Missouri State Highway Patrol.  June 15, 2011
  • Speaker: “Attacking Field Sobriety, Breath and Blood Tests.” Missouri Public Defender's College. Kansas City, Mo.  April 23, 2004
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: “Ethical Considerations in a DWI Case.” The Missouri Bar - 6th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. Osage Beach, Mo.  2013
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course.  Missouri State Highway Patrol.  June 14, 2011
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: "Field Sobriety Testing." MU Law School - Defending DWI and DOR Cases.  St. Louis, Mo.  2004
  • Instructor: DWI & SFST Training. Chesterfield Police Department. January 16, 2004
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Missouri State Highway Patrol.  December 7, 2010
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: "Field Sobriety Testing." The Missouri Bar. Defending DWI and DOR Cases. Kansas City, Mo.  June 24, 2004
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: “Administrative DWI 101.” The Missouri Bar - 7th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. Osage Beach, Mo.  July 18-19, 2014
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course Moot Court.  Missouri State Highway Patrol.  July 14, 2010
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: "Field Sobriety Testing." The Missouri Bar. Defending DWI and DOR Cases.  Clayton, Mo.  June 25, 2004
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: “Breath Testing Regulation Changes.” The Missouri Bar - 5th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. Osage Beach, Mo.  2012
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course Moot Court.  Missouri State Highway Patrol.  July 13, 2010
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: "Standardized Field Sobriety Testing." MU Law School - Defending the Accused Driver: Intoxication by Alcohol or Drugs and Felony Driving Charges. Kansas City, Mo. June 6, 2003
  • Speaker: “DWI Law in Missouri.” Missouri Public Defenders Annual College. Branson, Mo.  2011
  • Instructor: DWI Law and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference.  Lake Ozark, Mo.  September 28, 2009
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: "Standardized Field Sobriety Testing." The Missouri Bar.  Defending the Accused Driver: Intoxication by Alcohol or Drugs and Felony Driving Charges. Clayton, Mo.  2003
  • Faculty Member & Speaker:  "Department of Revenue Cases." Missouri Judicial College. Kansas City, Mo.  Oct. 28, 2002
  • Speaker: “Probable Cause in a DWI Case.” Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association Conference. Lake Ozark, Mo. 2011
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Washington, Mo.  May 20 -22, 2010
  • Speaker: "DWI - Cross Examination on Field Sobriety Tests." Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Spring Seminar. Kansas City, Mo.  April 12-13, 2002
  • Speaker: “DWI Law Update.” Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Annual Conference. Lake Ozark, Mo.  2011
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Missouri State Highway Patrol.  December 10, 2009
  • Program Chair and Speaker: "Direct Examination of Defendant’s Field Sobriety Test Expert.” MU Law School - 6th Annual DWI Defense Institute - Anatomy of Felony DWI Trial and Mock DWI Jury Trial.  Columbia, Mo.  May 10-11, 2002
  • Program Host and Instructor: Carl Ward’s Training Camp #4 - "Defending Your Client's Driver's License Following a DWI Arrest." St. Louis, Mo.  2011
  • Instructor:  NHTSA DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing student course. Missouri State Highway Patrol.  December 3, 2009
  • Program Chair and Speaker: "Direct Examination of Defendant’s Field Sobriety Test Expert.” MU Law School - 6th Annual DWI Defense Institute - Anatomy of Felony DWI Trial and Mock DWI Jury Trial.  Columbia, Mo.  May 10-11, 2002
  • Program Co-Chair and Speaker: “Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicion.” The Missouri Bar - 4th Annual Bernard Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar. Osage Beach, Mo.  2011
  • Instructor: DWI Law and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Missouri Deputy Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference.  Lake Ozark, Mo.  September 29, 2009
  • Speaker: "DWI Law." The Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Kansas City, Mo. Oct. 19, 2001
  • Speaker:  “DWI Law Update.” 1st Annual MADD Tool Box. St. Louis, Mo. 
  • Lecturer:  DWI Law Update.  Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.  August 6, 2009

Representative Clients:

  • Reece v. Director of Revenue, 61 S.W.3d 288 (Mo. App. E.D. 2001)
  • Russell v. Director of Revenue, 83 S.W.3d 72 (Mo. App. W.D. 2002)
  • Vanderpool v. Dir. of Revenue, 2006 Mo. App. LEXIS 1042 (Mo. App. W.D. 2006)
  • Grafeman v. Dir. of Revenue, 344 S.W.3d 861 (Mo. App. W.D. 2011)
  • State v. Horn, 384 S.W.3d 338 (Mo. App. 2012)
  • Dabin v. Director of Revenue, 9 S.W.3d 610 (Mo. 2000)
  • Paty v. Director of Revenue, 168 S.W.3d 625 (Mo. App. E.D. 2005)
  • State v. Tyler, 285 S.W.3d 353 (Mo. App. S.D. 2009)
  • Duncan v. Dir. of Revenue, 164 S.W.3d 88 (Mo. App. E.D. 2005)
  • Schaefer v. Koster, 342 S.W.3d 299 (Mo. 2011)
  • Carney v. Dir. of Revenue, 344 S.W.3d 802 (Mo. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Brown v. Director of Revenue, 85 S.W.3d 1 (Mo. 2002)
  • York v. Director of Revenue, 186 S.W.3d 267 (Mo. 2006)
  • Richardson v. Director of Revenue, 165 S.W.3d 236 (Mo. App. S.D. 2005)
  • Shenberg v. Director of Revenue, 195 S.W.3d 452 (Mo. App. W.D. 2006)
  • Hagler v. Dir. of Revenue, 223 S.W.3d 907 (Mo. App. W.D. 2007)
  • Schneider v. Dir. of Revenue, 339 S.W.3d 533  (Mo. App. W.D. 2011)
  • Vanderpool v. Director of Revenue, 226 S.W.3d 108 (Mo. 2007)

Educational Background:

  • University of Missouri. B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) Political Science. 1981
  • St. Charles High School.  1975
  • St. Louis University School of Law.  Juris Doctorate. 1984

Industry Groups

  • Legal
Office Location for Carl M. Ward

305 W. Fourth Street
Washington, MO 63090

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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