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Larry Forman | Louisville DUI & Criminal Defense Lawyer

Larry Forman Lawyer

Larry Forman

SuperLawyers Rising Star and Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer

DUI-DWI, Misdemeanor, Personal Injury, The Wolf Building

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Mr. Forman's Top Awards: 2015-17 Nation's Top One Percent Attorney by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2016 Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer, 2016-17 SuperLawyers Rising Star, and January, 2017 Lawyer of Distinction.

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I represented a CDL driver charged with a second offense DUI in Kentucky which meant he was going to lose his CDL license for the rest of his life (that is the penalty -- it's 1 year for a first offense CDL DUI). I was able to find a very serious legal issue where the officers did not follow proper procedure and we were able to save his career and future.

How did you build a successful practice?
By being proactive -- investing a lot of time into building my website and growing my client base by delivering the best results possible to all my clients (which generates referrals). The key is: Never take a case that is outside your abilities and you will never disappoint a client.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Good reviews, good case results, one that has tried at least 5 cases in their first 5 years and 15 cases in their first 10 years (regardless of the outcome, but preferably winning results) -- that means they are not afraid of a fight and will go to bat if push comes to shove.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community? I am a specialist. I focus primarily on DUIs and that's what separates me from everybody else. Other defense attorneys, judges, prosecutors, and officers know me as "the DUI Guy" because I know what I do.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Being able to lift the burden off the client's shoulders, carry it with me, bring them a good result and have them tell their friends why they should all come to me with their legal problems so I can solve them.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
I like Snowboarding, playing ping-pong and tennis, playing the occasional video game, and chess.

Are you involved in your community?
I volunteer as a judge in moot court competitions, donate money to charity and periodically volunteer in legal clinics that provide pro bono legal services to clients in need such as the homeless, veterans, and other people of low income means.

Position Organization Location Duration
CEO/Trial Attorney Larry Forman Law, PLLC Louisville, KY October 2013 – Present
Judicial Intern Hon. Stephanie Pearce Burke, District Judge Jefferson County District Court June 2011 – August 2011
Legal Intern Department of Public Advocacy N/A July 2012 – August 2012
Judicial Extern Hon. McKay Chauvin, Circuit Judge Jefferson County Circuit Court January 2013 – April 2013
Horse Trainer Julia's Thoroughbred Farm N/A January 2010 – August 2013
Legal Intern Department of Public Advocacy N/A December 2011 – January 2012
Legal Extern Christopher Hutchison, Esq. Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office August 2012 – November 2012
School Degree Major Graduation
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville J.D. Law School 2013
University of Louisville B.A. - Cum Laude Philosophy 2010
State / Court Date
Kentucky 2013
  • -Better Business Bureau | Accredited Business
    -Kentucky Association
    -Kentucky Justice Association
    -Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    -National College for DUI Defense        
    -Kentucky Bar Association
    -Louisville Bar Association
    -National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    -American Association for Justice
    -Louisville Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
    -Kentucky Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
    -Young Professionals Association of Louisville
    -American Bar Association
  • -Premier Attorney | National Academy of Jurisprudence
    -Top Lawyer | Louisville Magazine
    -2016-17 Kentucky Rising Star | SuperLawyers
    -Premier 100 Trial Attorneys | American Academy of Trial Attorneys
    -Continuing Legal Education Award | Kentucky Bar Association
    -Leadership Academy | Louisville Bar Association
  • Military Captain DUI with 0.093 BAC
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: DISMISSED DUI First Offense
    -Description: A United States Military Captain was charged with DUI 1st offense. The case was scheduled to go to jury trial. After several requests for a continuance by the Commonwealth and objections by the defense, the Court dismissed the action and the charges against the Captain were dropped.

    DUI 0.099 BAC Result
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: Client plead to Reckless Driving; everything else was dismissed
    -Description: Client was charged with 1) DUI 1st offense, 2) Careless Driving, and 3) Failure to/Improper Signal. Case was scheduled for a jury trial in mid May. The day of trial, we were able to convince the prosecutor that their case was very weak and full of holes, and he amended the DUI to Reckless Driving dismissing the other two charges.

    CDL DUI with .201 BAC
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: Client Plead to the Amended Charge of Alcohol Intoxication
    -Description: Client was stopped on the side of the road and charged with DUI after blowing a .201 BAC result at the station. Client holds a Commercial Driver's License and was facing a one year license suspension as a result. The defense was able to convince the prosecutor of the weakness of their case, and the commonwealth amended the DUI charge to Alcohol Intoxication thus saving both the client's license and job.

    DUI 2nd Agg. Amended to a DUI 1st
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: Client Plead to the Amended Charge of DUI 1st Non-Aggravated
    -Description: Client was charged with DUI 2nd offense with aggravating circumstances (due to refusing the breathalyzer) after a neighbor called the police about a car with lights on in the neighbor's yard. Client was arrested and charged with DUI 2nd offense aggravator due to a prior DUI. Case was scheduled for a suppression hearing, but through negotiations with the commonwealth about the weakness of their case, the defense was able to persuade the commonwealth to amend the charges and the client plead to DUI 1st offense non-aggravator, shaving 11 months off of her license suspension (30 days instead of 1 year) as well as 11 months of alcohol classes, cutting the fines and costs by about $250, and saving her from having to serve 10-14 days in jail.

    DUI 1st Agg. Amended to Alcohol Intoxication
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: Client Plead to the Amended Charge of Alcohol Intoxication
    -Description: Client was charged with DUI 1st offense with aggravating circumstances (due to blowing above .15 on the breathalyzer) after being stopped for speeding. Case was scheduled for a suppression hearing, as the client was improperly read the implied consent. Through negotiations with the commonwealth about the weakness of their case, the defense was able to persuade the commonwealth to amend the charges and the client plead to alcohol intoxication avoiding any license suspension.

    Military E4 Specialist DUI with 0.087 BAC
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: NOT GUILTY of DUI First Offense
    -Description: Military client was charged with a DUI in Hardin County after he blew a 0.087 on the Intoxilyzer 5000EN. The offer was 1 day in jail, ~$750 in fines and costs, alcohol education program classes, victim's impact panel classes, and a 1-year license suspension (because of a Florida license). Client rejected offer and we went to trial. After a long day of trial, the jury acquitted him of the DUI.

    CDL Truck Driver Charged with a SECOND Offense DUI Aggravated 0.197 BAC and Open Alcohol Container
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: DUI Second Amended down to Wanton Endangerment; Open Container Charge Dismissed
    -Description: Client was operating a semi truck hauling an empty 53' trailer. He was stopped for improper lane usage and charged with DUI AGGRAVATED SECOND Offense, his blood tested at 0.197 BAC, and Possession of an Open Container in a Motor Vehicle (client was drinking Captain Morgan Spiced Rum while driving). Client was a CDL driver and was looking at a LIFETIME suspension of his CDL license because it's a second offense. The defense showed the prosecution why their case was weak and why the client's constitutional rights were violated. Client plead to the AMENDED charge of Wanton Endangerment Second Degree thus saving his CDL license and his career. The Open Container Charge was DISMISSED.

    Driver Charged with DUI and 4 other Charges; Refused Breathalyzer and Blood Test
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: Client Plead to Reckless Driving; DC 2nd will be DISMISSED in 365 days; other charges DISMISSED
    -Description: Client was charged with a DUI First Offense; and a refusal to take the breathalyzer and blood test; he was also charged with Disorderly Conduct Second Degree, Resisting Arrest, Improper Turning, and Improper Lane Usage. The defense highlighted the weaknesses in the prosecution's case, and was able to SUPPRESS the refusal to take the tests. The DUI was amended to RECKLESS DRIVING, the Disorderly Conduct is to be DISMISSED in 365 days if client stays out of trouble, and the other 3 charges were all DISMISSED on motion by the prosecution.

    DUI First Offense Refusal
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: Client plead to the amended charge of Reckless Driving
    -Description: Client was charged with DUI 1st offense with aggravating circumstances (because of involvement in an accident), and he also refused to take the breathalyzer. After successfully suppressing the refusal (meaning it cannot be used at trial by the Commonwealth), leaving the prosecution with half a case, we were able to convince the prosecutor that their case was crippled and got him to agree to amend the aggravated DUI charge to Reckless Driving. This saved the client from a paying a lot of extra fines, costs, jail time, alcohol classes, a license suspension and having to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

    Aggravated DUI SECOND Offense Refusal
    -Practice Area: DUI and DWI
    -Outcome: Client plead to the amended charge of Aggravated DUI First; Other 4 charges Dismissed
    -Description: Client was charged with a DUI Second Offense with aggravating circumstances (becuase he refused to take the breathalyzer) Speeding 13 MPH Over the Limit, Careless Driving, No/Expired Registration Plate, and No/Expired Registration Receipt. After a long and tedious battle to get the video tape of the vehicle stop from the prosecution, which revealed a lot of weaknesses in their case, the prosecution finally caved and agreed to amend the DUI to a first offense aggravated, while dismissing the other 4 charges. This saved the client from a paying a lot of extra fines, costs, jail time, alcohol classes, license suspension and having to install an ignition interlock device on his vehicle.

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(2013) Licensed as Attorney in Kentucky. Verified with Kentucky Bar Association. June 24, 2016

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Breathalyzers and Field Sobriety Tests should always be refused because they make your case stronger if refused for the right reasons -- because they are faulty.

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What steps you need to take if you are ever pulled over after having drunk ANYTHING at all

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Do the police have the authority or the right to take your blood against your will? Short answer: yes (if they have a warrant)

Mr. Forman's Top Awards: 2016 Louisville Magazine Top Lawyer and 2016-17 SuperLawyers Rising Star.

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