A Wisconsin DUI is not specific to driving while under the influence of alcohol, it can also mean driving while impaired by other drugs.  Legal drugs, such as medications prescribed by doctors, or Synthetic Drugs, such as Salvia, have side effects that impair a driver to operate a vehicle safely.  Driving under the influence of illegal drugs allow Wisconsin officers to arrest a driver for DUI and other criminal charges.  Wisconsin is one of 17 states to support zero tolerance laws, in which police officers charge DUI’s for simply having a drug in his system.  States are also encouraged to strengthen the penalties for a person under the influence of more than one drug, which includes alcohol.

Medication Found for Wisconsin DUI

Medications which have been prescribed to a person for pain relief, muscle relaxation, or as a sleep aide have similar effects as alcohol.  These drugs slow down a person’s reaction time, change the dilation of a person’s pupils, and some can cause slurred speech. The warnings on these medications usually advise not to use or operate heavy machinery until he knows how it will affect him. A person taking these medications for an extended period of time may feel comfortable driving a vehicle, but a Wisconsin police officer may notice signs of driving under the influence, leading to a Wisconsin DUI.

Wisconsin DUI Issued for Street Drugs

Street drugs can be legal or illegal, depending on the state.  Wisconsin labels marijuana, cocaine heroine, and other similar drugs as illegal, while other drugs, such as Salvia are considered legal.  Each of these drugs produces a different effect on a person, and ultimately will lead a Wisconsin police officer to arrest a driver for DUI.

What is a Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)?

In order for a Wisconsin police officer to determine a person is under the influence of drugs, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) must be called to perform the 12-Step Recognition Process.  A DRE is certified and trained to administer the test for drug recognition.  Each step allows the evaluator to determine the specific drug a driver is on through an elimination process.

Hiring a DRE Certified Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney

If you have been pulled over and charged with a DUI for drugs, it is in your best interest to hire a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney certified in Drug Recognition Evaluation.  Contact Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. at 1-800-805-1976 of complete a Free Case Review.  Attorney Dineen is certified in Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE) and is a certified Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor.