So there are 8 eight people running for three seats on the City Council. Ray Flavin, a Woodstock DUI Attorney (that would be me) has decided not to run for Woodstock City Council because it would present some conflicts of interest with his representation of drivers charged with DUI by The City of Woodstock.
While it would not be by any means the majority of my DUI work, I live in Woodstock and it is my home turf, and if being elected to City Council would present a problem with representing those drivers I will have to bow out. If you are voting in the election I would strongly recommend a vote for Dan Hart for one of the seats at City Council. With all of the recent problems with police staff changes and recent headline news, I think having someone who is familiar with the problems would benefit the citizens of the City of Woodstock.
Personally, this Woodstock DUI Attorney wishes they would reconsider their “no deals” DUI policy with regard to statutory summary suspensions. It causes a fair number of cases to be tried which otherwise would lend themselves to creative negotiations. I believe it wastes both court resources and attorney time to not simply consider each case on a case by case basis.
It is important for members of the City Council to be aware of the police department policies and procedures, and serving on the council may have given me an opportunity to address some of that, however there are some fine people running so I am not as worried as I would be. Last time three people ran for three seats and the time before I think they had to appoint someone because there was a vacant seat that no one ran for.