Drug Recognition Experts in OUI Drug cases

| Oct 23, 2013 | Criminal Defense |

As covered before in previous articles, Boston OUI lawyer Attorney John B. Seed laid out the consequences of OUI drug charges: namely, a license suspension, incarceration for up to 2.5 years, and a fine of up to $5,000 for first time offenders. This applies to those driving under the influence of alcohol or the influence of drugs.

In the case of drugs, it can be harder for a police officer to prove you were operating under the influence, as it cannot be tested via Breathalyzer. This is where Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) come in. There are about 5,000 certified DRE officers in the world, and the training is quite demanding. In order to prove a person was operating under the influence of drugs, a comprehensive DRE evaluation must be completed by a certified official.

This involves the absolute ruling out of alcohol, the common field sobriety tests (VGN, Rhomberg Balance, etc.), a checking of the vital signs, and an examination of the eyes for specific reactions to drugs. A toxicological examination of blood, saliva, or urine, along with the statement of the arresting officer that he or she found physical evidence of drug use or drug paraphernalia, will also have baring on an OUI charge.

If you are faced with an OUI Drug charge, it’s essential to connect with an experienced criminal lawyer in Massachusetts who will fight for your freedom. As a former OUI/DWI/DUI prosecutor, Attorney John. B Seed has the courtroom experience to get you the best possible outcome. To learn more about Attorney John B. Seed‘s qualifications, and to schedule a free legal consultation, visit the website or call 508-817-3194 today!