Wisconsin DUI Prescription Medications / Drugs

Are you currently taking prescription medications?  You better watch out. Wisconsin is starting to crack down on Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs.   Lately, there has been an increase in prescription drug arrests for DUI’s.  It is becoming more common for Wisconsin officers to arrest a person under the influence who may not have ingested any alcohol. The Police will arrest you for driving while impaired by legal prescription medications. Police officers and prosecutors are not differentiating between legally prescribed medications and drugs when charging DUI/OWI’s in Wisconsin. When an officer makes an arrest for DUI/OWI drug related, they will want determine the type of drug the driver is on.  Because drugs have different effects on the human body, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed a process called Drug Recognition Evaluation to help officers determine the impairing drug.  A Drug Recognition Expert is a person specifically trained to appropriately evaluate a driver’s use of drugs.  Currently, Wisconsin is receiving federal funding to train and certify officers in DRE. Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney Nathan Dineen is one of the select few attorneys in Wisconsin who are DRE certified. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation you need the best. Attorney Dineen understands the DRE process, what the process entails, and most importantly, what is wrong with it. Trust me, if you think hiring a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney is expensive, wait until you hire someone without the DRE knowledge and experience you need.

Wisconsin Drug Recognition Evaluation Process

The Wisconsin Drug Recognition Evaluation is a twelve (12) step process that takes about an hour to conduct. A Wisconsin officer must be trained and certified to administer the DRE evaluation.  In each step, there is a checklist of specific observations that drugs exhibit which allows an officer to make an “educated guess” as to the drug category the driver may be impaired by. The process includes field sobriety tests, medical tests, eye examinations, a dark room evaluation, a physical, and an interview. Warning! Do not assume that because this evaluation is ‘medical in nature’ that it is accurate or unbeatable. Actually, this evaluation has been rejected by courts around the country for being the exact opposite.

Types of Drug Categories

The types of drugs a DRE Examiner looks for are Depressants, Stimulants, Hallucinogens, Disassociative Anesthetics, Narcotics, Inhalants, and Cannabis.  Each of these drugs exhibits a different range of signs and symptoms in the 12 Step Evaluation Process.  Through a process of elimination, the type of drug(s) the driver has taken can ‘supposedly’ be narrowed down the possible impairing drug category to allow for an educated guess.

Hiring a DRE Certified Wisconsin DUI/OWI Attorney

It is important to hire a Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney who is DRE certified.  If you have been charged with a drug-related OWI/DUI offense, Contact Attorney Nathan J. Dineen of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. You may also complete and submit a DUI Case Review or contact him toll free at 1-877-384-6800.  Attorney Dineen practices solely in DUI Defense, and is a member of the National College of DUI Defense.  He is certified in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Drug Recognition Evaluation (DRE). He understands what you are feeling and the process ahead of you.

Nathan J. Dineen