For over 17 years, Omaha attorney Thomas M. Petersen has been defending individuals charged with driving under the influence and other criminal charges. Petersen Law solely focuses on criminal defense helping people charged with DUI and other serious felony and misdemeanor criminal offenses. Petersen strives to provide personal attention and high quality representation to those charged with crimes that may significantly impact their lives and their families’ lives. Phones are answered 24 hours a day for convenience to those arrested and family members trying to get help for someone just arrested. “We are very good at being available and communicating with our clients. DUI and criminal arrests normally don’t happen 9 to 5 so I make sure someone is always available to help at the critical moments.”
DUI law is a highly complex field. Effective DUI attorneys navigate through many complicated legal issues, including the lawfulness of stops, detentions, and arrests, the reliability of field sobriety tests, the accuracy of breath and blood testing methods including retrograde extrapolations and driver license impact.
“I think it’s important to focus on one area of law so that my client’s received exceptional results. I don’t take family law, personal injury, incorporations or other types of civil law cases.”
Petersen is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, an organization that educates lawyers on DUI Defense across the nation. “We meet once a year and spend a week learning how to defend drunk driving cases. Some of the most talented lawyers in the United States gather to share ideas and strategies.”
One of the great successes this year was discovering a defect in how 15 year license revocations are being imposed. Essentially, the Court was imposing incomplete sentences, which opened the door for getting back into Court. Petersen Law has secured live saving and rehabilitating ignition interlock systems in over 77 improperly imposed 15 year driving revocation cases. Petersen says “It would be terrifying to be banned from driving in a metropolitan area like Omaha where there is inadequate public transportation. Not being able to drive for fifteen years affect jobs, family and is an obstacle to normal daily living. I had one client that could not attend his mother’s funeral because he couldn’t get a ride. Many people are doing $20 an hour jobs for $10 because of the license disability. Getting them a license has been one of the most rewarding services I’ve provided in during 17 years as a lawyer. Being able to drive again changes people’s lives for the better.”
Petersen is a member of the Nebraska State Bar, Omaha Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association.
Petersen Law Office
12020 Shamrock Plaza, Suite 200
Omaha, NE 68154