Meet The Authors

DO THE GUYS WHO WROTE THIS BOOK KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT?

Meet the Authors

It is not the critic who counts,

not the man that points out how the strong man stumbled,

or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man

who is actually in the arena;

whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;

who strives valiantly,

who errs and comes short again and again;

who knows the great enthusiasms,

the great devotions, and spends himself

in a worthy cause.

Who at best, knows in the end

the triumph of high achievement;

and who, at worst, at least fails while daring greatly,

so that his place shall never be with those

cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Jamie “the Dude” Balagia

Jamie “the Dude” Balagia has been in the criminal justice system for over 35 years and has a true passion for defending our legal rights! Next to his love for God and his family – he loves his job as a criminal defense attorney. Jamie was a patrol and undercover police officer with the Austin Police Department from 1978 until 1990 when he left to attend the School of Law at the University of Texas. Jamie loves a good legal fight and will take on any DWI or other criminal case with the sole goal of victory! Jamie has been able to WIN the so-called “un-winnable” cases, by bringing more experience, training and desire to the courtroom than the State or any other lawyers can bring.

As a former Austin police officer, Jamie is able to assist other attorneys due to his analysis of a police officer’s performance.  He has testified as an expert witness in Travis and Bexar County courtrooms. Jamie has spoken at the top DWI seminars in Texas and nationwide. Jamie also attends seminars across the nation to ensure he stays on top of his game with breath test science, blood test science, the latest updates in DWI and Drug evidence, and any changes in the current laws. He is a Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense.  He also works closely with experts in his field to ensure his clients receive the best representation. Jamie practices in State and Federal courts throughout Central and South Texas. Jamie is also known for his marketing endeavors and his websites, dwidude.com and 420Dude.com, are national marketing examples.

BRUCE EDGE

Tulsa lawyer Bruce Edge is 1 of less than 50 attorneys in the United States who are Board Certified in DUI Defense according to the American Bar Association guidelines. Bruce considers his law firm to be a boutique practice—that is, he limits his practice to DUI Defense and limits the number of cases he accepts; allowing him to put more time and effort into each case. Not only does he devote extra time to his cases, he devotes a tremendous amount of time to study and training on the issues related to alcohol offenses.

Bruce and John are the first and only two Oklahoma DUI lawyers to ever be selected as a Super Lawyer. This recognition is limited to the top 5% of attorneys in the state. This recognition is based on a survey of every attorney in the state as well as an exhaustive background check of training and cases handled by the attorney.

Bruce is trained under the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) guidelines to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) and is an Instructor of the SFSTs. He is certified by the Oklahoma Board of Tests (BOT) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to administer the breath test on the Intoxilyzer 5000 – the only approved machine in Oklahoma – and he is a Maintenance Specialist for the machine. He also has been trained to administer tests on the Intoxilyzer 8000-the newest model breath machine. In fact, Bruce and John own the only two Intoxilyzer 8000’s held by attorneys in Oklahoma. There are only 6 attorneys in the U.S. who have one of these machines.

Mr. Edge has been formally trained as a DRE (Drug Recognition Evaluator) which deals with people who are charged with driving under the influence of drugs – illegal as well as legally obtained drugs. Mr. Edge recently completed an extensive study involving blood tests, laboratory procedures and protocols. Bruce owns the largest collection of Intoxilyzer breath testing machines and alcohol simulators of any attorney in Oklahoma.

More important than training, Bruce knows how to win. With winning trial experience involving alcohol blood test and alcohol death cases, he knows that once he accepts a case, he has accepted the responsibility for his clients’ future. It is a heavy responsibility and a responsibility he takes personally.

Mr. Edge is sought out by other attorneys throughout the United States to instruct them regarding DUI defense including a recent session with the National College for DUI Defense held at Harvard University. Additionally, other attorneys request that Bruce serve as an expert witness for their difficult cases.

Bruce’s passions are his work, collecting and consuming fine wines, cooking, travel and adrenaline pumping experiences such as race car driving, open cockpit flying, skydiving, bobsledding and shark diving. He is a consummate golfer who can break par—on the first nine.

JOHN HUNSUCKER

Never give in —never, never, never, never,

in nothing great or small, large or petty,

never give in except to convictions of honour

and good sense. Never yield to force; never

yield to the apparently overwhelming might

of the enemy.

WINSTON CHURCHILL

Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Mr. Hunsucker is the lead attorney with the Hunsucker DUI Defense Firm. John’s practice is focused exclusively on DUI defense. He handles over 200 DUI cases a year ranging from first time offenders to DUI felony murder cases.

John is certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the administration of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs). Certified as an Instructor of the SFSTs, John has taught the SFST course to attorneys from across the country. In 2004, John was one of the first attorneys in Oklahoma to receive formal Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) training (and is still only one of a few attorneys in Oklahoma to have this training).

Additionally, John teaches, participates in and/or attends almost all national, regional and local DUI seminars and is frequently called upon to teach DUI seminars by various groups including the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Municipal Judges Association, and the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

John is certified as an Operator and Maintenance Specialist of the Intoxilyzer 5000 and is also certified as an Operator of Oklahoma’s newest machine, the brand new Intoxilyzer 8000. John is one of only six attorneys in the country that actually owns the Intoxilyzer 8000 and has instructed attorneys in the United States and Canada on the use and problems of the machine. Additionally, John has completed several advanced forensic blood collection and analysis courses.

Nationally recognized, John has consulted on or tried DUI/DWI cases in the States of Oklahoma, Texas, Massachusetts, California, and Connecticut. Being considered Oklahoma’s leading DUI attorney, other attorneys frequently refer their difficult DUI cases to John or retain his services as co-counsel. John and Bruce are the first and only DUI attorneys in Oklahoma to be selected by their peers as Oklahoma Super Lawyers every year since its inception in Oklahoma. Only the top 5% of Oklahoma lawyers are selected for their dedication to their field and excellence in representing their clients.

John has been featured as a legal expert nationally on CourtTV’s Open Court with Lisa Bloom and CourtTV’s In Session with Ashleigh Banfield. Locally, John has been featured on KTOK radio, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, and quoted in the Daily Oklahoman for his extensive knowledge of DUI law.

John is a Director on the Board of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America, and a Member of the National College of DUI Defense.

John lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Lauri and their three beautiful children, Reigan, Riley, and Jake. In his free time, he enjoys time with his family, margaritas, Jimmy Buffett music, traveling, and playing with his Great Danes.

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