The Summer 2012 edition of the DWI Newsletter featured a news story about the Texas Safety Grant Program. The program conducted educational conferences, training, and it also provided technical assistance to Texas judges and court personnel. Two presentations were given last May at the Criminal Justice Conference held in Dallas. Attorney Deandra M. Grant from The Law Offices of Deandra M. Grant, PC, and Mr. Terry Robinson, Technical Supervisor, Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences presented “Back to Basics: Intoxilyzer 5000,” which provided information from both the state’s and the defense’s perspective. Their presentation went over the most common breath alcohol analysis instrument used in the state of Texas, while a Judicial Services Liaison from Smart Inc., and the Western Regional Director from Alcohol Monitoring Systems, and the CEO of SOBERLINK discussed the state of the current alcohol monitoring technologies, as well as the future of the industry and technology in a session entitled “Alcohol Monitoring Technology – Today and Tomorrow.” Both of these presentations were well-received by the attending judges and court personnel.
Deandra M. Grant practices DWI defense in Collin County, Texas. Over the years Deandra has spent hundreds of hours in training courses and programs related to the field of DWI defense. She has participated in numerous “dosing” experiments where people were given certain amounts of alcohol and tested in specific intervals, and then tested to see to what extent the alcohol affected their physical and mental capabilities. She has successfully completed the operator certification course for the Intoxylizer 5000, the licensed breath-test machine that is used in the state of Texas. Through her training, she learned exactly how to operate the machine, as well as the science behind the device.
Deandra is certified to administer standardized field sobriety testing (SFST); she completed the same National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) training course that teaches law enforcement personnel nationwide how to identify intoxicated drivers during routine traffic stops. Additionally, she has also completed the SFST Instructor Course. In 2008, she completed coursework in Atlanta, Georgia where she learned about DWI forensic blood and urine testing. Deandra M. Grant frequently speaks at various legal seminars where she teaches other criminal defense lawyers trial tactics in defending their own DWI cases.
Deandra is a member of the Plano Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice, the American Academy of Forensic Science, the American Chemical Society, the National College of DUI Defense, the State Bar of Texas, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and many more. Deandra has been included in the selection of Super Lawyers® by Super Lawyers®, a nationally recognized attorney rating service, and she has also been AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®