The Law Office of Denise Kirby

Firm Overview

I have practiced law in Kansas City since I graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994.

I am the President of the Missouri DWI Defense Institute and the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice. I'm the Co-Chair of the Bernie Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar, which is the largest DWI training seminar for attorneys in the state, with over 300 DWI attorneys attending each summer. I am on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and I'm one of only four members of the MACDL DWI Committee.
Main Office
Main Office
2300 Main Street
Suite 900
Kansas City  MO  64108
Phone
  • (816) 221-3691
Fax
  • (816) 448-3840
Websites

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30 - 5:00 Monday through Friday
DUI and DWI
I practice DUI and DWI defense, plain and simple. I'm knowledgeable, well respected, and experienced.
DWI defense is a very complex area of the law. It involves regulations, statutes, rules, science, machines, training, and case law. It involves both criminal and civil law. My job is to keep current on all of it. It's a lot. I work hard.

When government personnel (e.g., law enforcement officers, investigators, prosecutors, laboratories, etc.) fail or refuse to follow their OWN protocols protocols that have been put in place to protect you and me and our communities they are doing it at the cost of our collective rights. If they are not challenged, they will have no incentive to follow the legal requirements that are imposed on them. The same legal requirements that are put in place to protect you and me. When they don't feel the need to follow their own legal requirements, you and I end up with "watered down justice." You and I and other members of our community will suffer the consequences when conduct of the government violates our Constitutional rights. That is not acceptable.

How my motivations help YOU.

In a criminal setting, you and I are going up against the government. It is the government that pulls us over, investigates us, charges us with crimes, prosecutes us, and incarcerates us. The government is the entity that possesses the power to literally take our freedoms. Just as you and I are deemed to know and expected to follow the law, they too are supposed to know the law and to follow it. More often than you can imagine, that does not happen. And that's where defenses take hold.

There are as many potential defenses as there are facts and clients. My job is to investigate and determine the best defenses to DWI in your case and present those defenses convincingly to the prosecutor, judge, or jury. Read about many of the best defenses to a Missouri DWI charge which range from facts about your genetic make-up to errors in procedure by officials.

It is my personal agenda to make sure the government properly follows its protocols. Again, if they don't, that means that a member of our community might get convicted based on lazy (or nefarious) conduct. That is "watered down justice." If the government wants to convict one of us, the least we can do is to determine whether they did their jobs well enough. When they fail or refuse, I am there to point out the shortcomings and capitalize on their failures.

Obviously, I don't condone driving under the influence. I don't by any measure. That said, I believe there is much harm in allowing the government to have unchecked power over its citizens, such as you, me, and our loved ones.

That is how my clients benefit from my personal approach.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

My philosophy in DWI cases centers on protecting my clients' rights from government overreach, mistakes by law enforcement, and the "watered down justice" we see all too often in the legal system today. My offer to you is easily put: I will do my absolute best to help you get the result you desire in your DWI case.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

It is the commitment to continuous learning, finding answers, and keeping at the cutting edge that makes for the best DWI lawyer. Constantly learning and gaining knowledge is a must for top DWI lawyers and that is exactly why I get the results I get.

I have a personal commitment to excellence. I study, choose, develop, refine, and present arguments that have sound legal and factual support. That is how I stand on solid ground and insist on bringing about the desired results. I guard and protect my credibility and integrity. When I do my best, I allow excellence to permeate my practice, and in doing so, my clients reap the benefits.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Why My Clients Hire Me -

Because I sincerely care about them and provide them with excellent legal service.

People sense sincerity and tend to reciprocate it. I treat my clients with great care and respect. They know that I am there to protect them. And they appreciate it.

Denise Kirby

I've lived in the Kansas City area most of my life, and I have practiced law in Kansas City since I graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994.

I am the President of the Missouri DWI Defense Institute and the Missouri Society for Criminal Justice. I'm the Co-Chair of the Bernie Edelman DWI Law and Science Seminar, which is the largest DWI training seminar for attorneys in the state, with over 300 DWI attorneys attending each summer. I am on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and I'm one of only four members of the MACDL DWI Committee.

When something is wrong with my car, I have no idea whether I can tust the mechanic. I imagine it feels that way to clients looking to hire a lawyer. When interviewing an attorney, ask many questions about his or her experience with your type of situation. Ask what they do to better themselves and keep up with the law and science of DWI. What courses have they attended recently? Are they asked to speak at legal seminars to teach other lawyers DWI defense? Importantly, DO THEY WIN? Don't be afraid to ask these questions. You're hiring someone you will be trusting with your future.

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