DREs and Their Effect on Your Case

Interviewer:  You said you are trained in DRE. Is that fairly common in your industry?
Is that something every DUI attorney or OWI attorney in Wisconsin has that type of training?

Nathan:  As far as I know, right now, I’m the only one.

Interviewer:  In the entire state of Wisconsin?

Nathan: Correct. I took that certification three years ago. I took that course three years ago. I’m sure somebody has since then, but I think that I was one of the first ones, that’s for sure.

Where Are DREs Done and By Whom

Interviewer:  DREs are done on the side of the road like a field sobriety test, correct?

Nathan:  It’s starting to. The state of Wisconsin and a lot of states have what are called DRE evaluations. That’s a drug recognition evaluation. It’s about an hour long. I say that we’re starting to do that because we don’t necessarily have a lot of officers in our state that are DRE certified yet.

I have gone through the training for DRE, I am aware of the process and how to administer it. The process is very long. There are a lot of problems with it, as far as I’m concerned, from a defense point of view. Once they put you through this process, they will be able to at least make a determination that they believe you are impaired. That is then followed up by a drug panel that will take a while, but that will come back with the amount of drugs that are potentially in your system or medication.