Recently law enforcement officers and prosecutors had an opportunity to participate in specialized training to enhance their abilities to detect and arrest drugged drivers during the state’s first Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) course.

This is an intensive 3-week course where DRE’s are trained to recognize signs of impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol. They are also trained to identify the category, or categories, of drugs causing the impairment. There is a 12 step evaluation process to make this determination.

The first two phases of the course took place in Lansing, the third phase took place at the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona. This is because the Jail processes an average of 900 inmates per day and the participants in the program have a chance at hands-on drug evaluations for all seven drug categories, which is a requirement of the course.

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This program started in the 1970’s and is supported by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nationally, 18 percent of all drivers killed in automobile accidents in 2009 tested positive for drugs according to NHTSA. In Michigan, 20 percent of drivers killed tested positive for drugs.

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It is already difficult to defend yourself against a police officer who has the support and financial backing of the government, it is even more difficult to defend yourself against a police officer who has had specialized training. When it comes to a Drug Recognition Expert for OWPD, few lawyers have the experience to effectively defend you. You need to have an experienced attorney be your defense, and protector, against the power and training of law enforcement.

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The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are those attorneys. Our attorneys have decades of experience defending people charged with crimes. Our attorneys regularly participate in continuing legal education, seminars, and specialized training in order to stay one step ahead of prosecutors and police. If you need help, please call the attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance Form we will contact you.

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