Illinois DRE

Carbondale DUI attorney Brian Roberts is trained in the Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program. This program is designed to allow officers to justify arrests for DWI based on chemicals other than alcohol. The DRE Process requires the police to follow a twelve step evaluation. There does not need to be any alcohol in your system in order to be arrested for a DUI in Illinois. Any medication of illegal substances you may have taken can lead to an arrest in this case. There is no law stating that you must consent to the DRE exam. Call Carbondale DUI attorney Brian Roberts before agreeing to any tests.

Drug Recognition Expert Training

There are three parts to the DRE training, Pre-School, School, and Field Training. An officer must 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.

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 expert is supposed to make a determination of whether you are impaired, and if so, what category of drug you are impaired by. The officer may ask 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 Illinois and the officer asks you to submit to the DRE evaluation, you should request to speak with your Carbondale DUI attorney Brian Roberts. Don’t 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 can 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 on suspicion of DUI in Illinois based on DRE evidence, you need a Carbondale DUI attorney like Brian Roberts now. Brian Roberts is trained in DRE and can challenge all of the evidence that will be used against you. Call today.