Drug Recognition Expert

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Our San Antonio DWI lawyers and Austin DWI lawyers are trained in the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program. The DRE program is designed to allow officers to justify arrests for DWI for chemicals other than alcohol. The DRE process requires the officer to conduct a twelve step evaluation of you. You do not have to have any alcohol in your body in order to be arrested for a DUI in Texas. Any medication or illegal substance you take can lead to your arrest. You are not required by law to consent to the DRE examination. Contact our office before agreeing to any such tests.

Drug Recognition Expert Training

The DRE training program consists of three phases: Pre-School, School, Field Training. The officer must successfully complete all three phases before becoming a certified Drug Recognition Expert. Unlike the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) training, civilians are not allowed to take the DRE training and become certified DRE’s. That does not mean, however, that attorneys cannot get trained in the DRE protocols. Lance Platt, Ph.D. is widely recognized across the nation as the top DWI/DRE training expert for attorneys. He teaches officer across the nation about the DRE protocols and the science behind how these tests were designed and how they are administered by officers on the street. Our San Antonio DWI lawyers, and Austin DWI lawyers have taken Lance Platt’s training, and are well versed in the DRE protocols.

The DRE program has several fundamental flaws, but is beginning to gain acceptance by courts nationwide. The federal government has dumped a lot of money into increasing the number of DRE trained officers in every state, county, and local jurisdiction. These training courses are ongoing almost constantly. There are far fewer San Antonio DWI lawyers, and Austin DWI lawyers who have taken the DRE protocol training than have taken the Standardized Field Sobriety Test training.

The DRE Twelve Step Process

There are twelve steps a DRE is supposed to put you through when you are suspected of a DWI by drug intoxication. The DRE is supposed to make a determination of whether you are impaired, and if so, what category of drug you are impaired by.
The process includes such things as asking you a series of questions about the medications and/or drugs you have consumed, taking your blood pressure, measuring your pupil size, examining your body for injection marks, testing your pupil reactions to light, and other things that seem medical in nature. The truth, however, is that medical doctors have rejected the conclusions drawn from the DRE protocol. Simply put, the DRE protocol does not accurately measure what it claims to measure.

What to do when pulled over for DUI

When you get pulled over for a DUI in Texas and the officer asks you to submit to the DRE evaluation you should ask to speak to one of our San Antonio DWI lawyers, or Austin DWI lawyers. Do not agree to perform any tests or to voluntarily leave the scene of the car stop. The DRE examination cannot be performed on the side of the road. It must be performed in an enclosed, controlled environment.

Do not admit taking any medications or other drugs. These admissions may be used as probable cause to obtain a warrant to draw your blood against your will, and may be used against you in trial. Medications are meant to return people who are not in a normal state due to a physical ailment back to a state of normal. The police and prosecutor’s will, however, use such statements as evidence of guilt.

If you have been arrested for DUI in Texas based on DRE evidence you need a San Antonio DWI lawyer, or Austin DWI lawyer who is trained in the DRE protocol. Our attorneys have this training, and know how to challenge the evidence that will be used against you. Call right now. Our attorneys are available 24/7 for a free consultation!

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