6 hr. DUI- No refusal Search Warrants & Case Law Update-CANCELED

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Instructor Location:
Stewart Center West
2900 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL
Instructor: Jennifer Cifaldi, Illinois Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
Jeff Davies Software Development Mngr, DuPage County Circuit Clerk’s Office
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $0

This Class has Been Canceled

Class times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


1. Officers attending will be required to bring a laptop and a copy of a recent DUI police report.

2. Also see request in registration instruction section for officer information for database access


PURPOSE OF COURSE: This one day, 6-hour course was created by Jennifer Cifaldi, the Illinois Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor. This program was developed with the intent of providing law enforcement and prosecutors with the tools needed to help them remove the impaired drivers from the roadway, with a particular focus on repeat offenders. They will receive instruction on the effectiveness of a “No-Refusal” Search Warrant Program and will walk away from this course having created their own DUI Complaint and Search Warrant. Additionally, they will be provided with a case law update to help them navigate their way through DUI courts.

COURSE OVERVIEW: Every year, impaired drivers cause thousands of traffic deaths and injuries. Prosecutors and law enforcement officers should realize that we hold the key to winning many of our DUI cases with a very simple tool. That tool is the DUI search warrant.

For the officers: This class will instruct you on how to seek and successfully obtain a DUI search warrant in Refusal cases. You will be given sample complaints and search warrants for DUI alcohol and DUI drug cases. You will be instructed on options available should the offender persist in refusing even after a search warrant is obtained. You will bring a copy of a recent DUI police report and will utilize a template and then create your own documents from that template.

For the Prosecutors: This program will provide you with the tools on how to implement a No-Refusal DUI search warrant program in your area. You will be provided with the information on who needs to be part of the team and what challenges to expect. There will be a step-by-step process provided as well as sample complaints and search warrants for both DUI alcohol and DUI drug cases. You will help review the sample DUI complaints and search warrants that the officers draft in the classroom.

This class consists of classroom instruction and the facilitation of discussion amongst participants on how to design a no-refusal program that fits particular jurisdictions. Participants will also be active in drafting or reviewing drafted complaints and search warrants. Additionally, participants will be provided current case law relevant to the search warrant process.


COURSE GOALS: By the end of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Understand the history, success and benefits of a DUI No-Refusal Search Warrant Program
  • Know how to implement a No-Refusal program in your jurisdiction
  • Know the mechanics of obtaining a DUI search warrant both manually and electronically
  • Create their own DUI Complaint and Search Warrant
  • Learn to navigate through the electronic system with a test search warrant
  • Be conversant in the relevant case law on DUI search warrants
  • Understand the options when the DUI offender persists in a refusal after a search warrant was obtained.



JENNIFER CIFALDI Jennifer Cifaldi is the Illinois Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor and is employed by the University of Illinois at Springfield through a grant from the Illinois Dept. of Transportation. She has held this position since October of 2016.

Prior to that, Jennifer served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Adams County, Illinois for 20 years, prosecuting traffic cases at both the felony and misdemeanor level. She also was an adjunct professor at Hannibal-LaGrange University for their advanced degree program in Criminal Justice.

In 2007, Jennifer developed a DUI No-Refusal search warrant model that has now been adopted as the standard for Law Enforcement agencies and Prosecutor Offices across Illinois. She has conducted numerous training sessions on the topic for law enforcement personnel, as well as other prosecutors. Additionally, she has instructed at numerous ARIDE programs and at DRE school.

In the spring of 2018, with support from the Buffett Foundation, Jennifer implemented the first forensic phlebotomy program in Illinois. Drug Recognition Experts from Macon County, Illinois, a dean from Richland Community College and Jennifer traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the forensic phlebotomy training that Arizona has been utilizing for over 20 years. The Illinois officers have been performing their own venipunctures back at their own departments since that time. Jennifer is now working with RCC to begin offering classes to Illinois law enforcement officers to become phlebotomists.

In 2016, Jennifer was the recipient of the National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year award. She was also the recipient of the MADD Hero award in 2011 for her work on prosecuting DUI cases. And in 2014, she was awarded the 2014 Murphy Leadership award for her vision, execution and relentless effort to eliminate impaired driving and underage drinking. Additionally, she serves on the Illinois Impaired Driving Task Force Committee. Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana in 1996. She resides in Quincy, Illinois with her husband and son.

Officers attending will be required to bring a laptop and a copy of a recent DUI police report.


All registrations are received on the MTU#1 website. 

All attendees will be provided with access to electronic search warrant system. In order to get everyone setup with a login PRIOR TO THE CLASS, we will need the following:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • PTB #
  • County
  • Agency
  • Phone
  • Email

E-mail the additional information to doug@mtu1.com