Stephen K. Talpins

Stephen K. Talpins

Miami Office

305.610.3585 phone 786.536.3445 fax

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Stephen Talpins is an advocate, consultant and trial attorney who represents clients and works with stakeholders in the commercial (premises and products liability), substance abuse (alcohol and drugs), correctional (criminal justice) and public (government and non-profit) sectors. In January 2011, Stephen was named one of the “20 People to Watch” by The Century Council. Stephen's client's appreciate Stephen's speed and aggressiveness. During the past five years, Stephen defended over 100 civil cases and secured 22 dismissals

Stephen is the Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime (NPAMC), an inclusive non-profit public-private partnership based in Washington, DC that is committed to identifying, developing, and promoting criminal justice programs that improve public safety, reduce recidivism and change lives for offenders who misuse alcohol. He also is the Vice President of the Institute for Behavior and Health. Stephen previously worked as the Vice President of Industry Relations for Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Incorporated (AMS), manufacturer of an ankle bracelet that detects alcohol use transdermally.

Stephen formerly served as National Director of Public Policy for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Director of the National District Attorneys Association – American Prosecutors Research Institute’s National Traffic Law Center (NTLC), a National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators (NAPC) Prosecutor Fellow and as an Assistant State Attorney with the Miami-Dade County (Florida) State Attorney’s Office.

He is a frequent lecturer and the author of several articles, monographs and a book chapter. In addition to being named one of the 20 People to Watch, he has received numerous awards and commendations including the National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD) Adjudication Award for Outstanding Prosecution, Citizens Against Drug Impaired Driving (C.A.N.D.I.D.) Award for Outstanding DRE Achievement, and MADD Florida Outstanding Prosecutor Award.


  • University of Miami, School of Law, J.D. , cum laude, 1992
  • Tulane University, Freeman School of Business, 2008-2009,
  • Georgetown University, Center for Public & Non-Profit Leadership, 2007,
  • Northwestern University , B.S., Communication Studies, 1989


  • 2014 White House Advocate for Action (Office of National Drug Control Policy)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award 2012
  • Named one of the “20 People to Watch” by The Century Council (2011)
  • MADD Florida Outstanding Prosecutor Award (2004)
  • MADD Miami-Dade County Chapter, Award of Distinction (2003)
  • Citizens Against Drug Impaired Driving (C.A.N.D.I.D.) Award for Outstanding DRE Achievement (2003)
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Certificate of Appreciation (1998)
  • National Commission Against Drunk Driving Adjudication Award for Outstanding Prosecution (1995)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Institute for Behavior and Health, Vice-President (2010-Present)
  • American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), Suspended & Revoked Working Group Member (2008-2010)
  • National DWI Task Force (National Center for DWI Courts) (2009-present)
  • Institute for Behavior and Health DWI Committee (2009-Present)
  • Returning Heroes Committee (Vera Institute) (2009)
  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) DWI Committee, Member (2004-2009)
  • National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer (2008-present)
  • Lifesavers Conference Planning Committee, Member and Criminal Justice Track Leader (2004-2007)
  • The National Safety Council’s Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAOD), Member (2006-present)
  • Creator and moderator of the Impaired Driving Forum, a Yahoo Group with over 850 members (2005-present)
  • MADD, Northern Virginia Chapter, State Organization Representative (2005
  • International Association of Chemical Testing (IACT), Member (2004-present)
  • MADD, Miami-Dade County Chapter, Board Member (2004)
  • Florida Association of Chemical Testers (FACT), Member (2003-2004)
  • Police-Prosecutor Coordinating Committee, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Communications (2002-2003)
  • International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS), Member
  • Florida Gang Investigators Association (FGIA), Member and Southern Region
  • Florida Bar Association Grievance Committee, Miami-Dade County, Member
  • Dade County Chiefs of Police Traffic Enforcement Committee, Member

Articles & Presentations

  • Co-author, “Recovery of Prejudgment Interest in Negligence Actions in Florida,” April 2017
  • Logan, B. Mohr, A., Talpins, S., “Detection and Prevalence of Drug Use in Arrested Drivers Using the Drager Drug Test 5000 and Affiniton DrugWipe Oral Fluid Drug Screening Devices,” Journal of Analytical Toxicology 1 (2014)
  • Talpins, S., “Commentary on Fell & Voas (2014): An argument for prioritizing drivers above the current illegal limit in the United States,” 109 Addiction 875-877 (2014)
  • Co-Author, "The Regulatory Ordeal Of The Craft Distiller: Legal Processes And Considerations In Labeling Distilled Spirits," First published on The American Distilling Institute's website,, May 2013
  • Co-Author, "Expecting the Unexpected - Protecting Your Business" Florida Restaurant & Lodging Magazine, September 2012
  • Talpins, S. and Kaps, H., “Reducing Liability from Dram Shop and Social Host Laws, ABL Insider at 5 (American Beverage Licensees Spring 2012)
  • DuPont, R., Talpins, S., “Drugged Driving and Prescription Drug Use,” (Institute for Behavior and Health, March 9, 2010) (
  • DuPont, R., Long, L. and Talpins, S., “The South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Project: A Summary Report,” Highway to Justice 4 (Winter 2010)
  • DuPont, R., Talpins, S., Voas, R., “Leveraging the Criminal Justice System to Reduce Alcohol- and Drug-Related Crime: A Review of Three Promising and Innovative Program Models,” 44 The Prosecutor 38 (January/February/March 2010)
  • Talpins, S. and Ellinger, N., PROSECUTORS WORKING WITH VICTIM ADVOCATE GROUPS (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2010)
  • Talpins, S., “Prosecuting Drugged Driving Cases,” MEDICAL-LEGAL ASPECTS OF DRUGS (2d ed. Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company 2007)
  • Fell, J., Hurley, C., Talpins, S,, and Ellinger, N., “MADD Strategies to Reduce Impaired Driving by 25% by 2008,” X Impaired Driving Update 76 (Fall 2006)
  • Talpins, S. and Torre, J., “Children And Cars: A Potentially Lethal Combination” (NHTSA 2006)
  • Gilbert, D., Gilfarb, M, and Talpins, S., BASIC TRIAL TECHNIQUES FOR PROSECUTORS (American Prosecutors Research Institute [APRI] 2005)
  • “The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program: Saving Lives and Taking Prisoners,” THE DRUG EVALUATION AND CLASSIFICATION (DEC) PROGRAM (APRI 2005)
  • “Above and Beyond,” Between the Lines (APRI Fall 2004), reprinted in Green Light News (Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan [PAAM] January 2005)
  • “Crawford Made Simple,” Between the Lines (APRI Winter 2004)
  • “Selling the Obvious,” Between the Lines (APRI Fall 2004), reprinted in Green Light News (PAAM October 2004)
  • “To Serve and Protect: The Need to Partner with the Victim Groups,” Green Light News (PAAM August 2004)
  • “Police and Prosecutors Working Together: Abating Impaired Driving,” The Police Chief 35 (July 2004)
  • “To Serve and Protect: The Need for Law Enforcement to Partner with Victim Groups” (Multiple Distributions 2004)
  • “First Person Prosecutor: Taking on the HGN Fight,” ADMISSIBILITY OF HORIZONTAL GAZE NYSTAGMUS EVIDENCE (APRI 2003)
  • “Street Terrorism, Florida’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and Other Particularly Useful Statutes,” (Various Publications and Distributions, 1997-1999)
  • Slaney, J., Talpins, S., et al, The DUI Case Preparation Manual for the Florida Law Enforcement Officer, Institute of Police Technology and Management (1996)
  • Bejar, S. and Talpins, S., “Detecting and Evaluating the Drug Impaired Driver,” Broward County Psychiatric Society Newsletter, January 7, 1994 at 4
  • “D.A.R.T. ---Case Preparation and Testimony,” DRUG ALCOHOL RECOGNITION TECHNICIAN STUDENT MANUAL (Metropolitan-Dade Police Department 1994)
  • “Drug Recognition Experts (DRE): The Drunk Stops Here,”
  • Voas, R., DuPont, R., Talpins, S., Shea, C., “Toward a National Model for Managing Impaired Driving Offenders,” Addiction (In Press)
  • Talpins, S., Voas, R., DuPont, R. and Shea, C., “Smart Justice for DWI Offenders: Cost Effective Solutions that Reduce Recidivism and Promote Public Safety,” Journal of Offender Monitoring (In Press)