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Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, or DUID cases, are being prosecuted more and more aggressively in Colorado and involve unique legal challenges.  It is essential that your defense attorney have specific experience defending DUID tickets.  These charges often involve the use of police DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) certified officers who opine upon a defendant’s level of impairment as well as urine or blood tests to determine amounts of drugs in a person’s system.  These assessments and results require review by an aggressive defense attorney specifically schooled in DRE and Forensic Toxicology procedures.  The attorneys at Hebets and McCallin are continually attending trainings geared toward exposing deficiencies in these examinations and tests.

DRE: In order for an officer to be certified as a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) they must undergo a lengthy certification process.  This process is a NHTSA standardized 12 step evaluation involving physical and mental evaluations whose goal is to attempt to determine which drugs an individual may or may not be under the influence of.  The extremely specialized nature of this testing demands that an officer conducting these examinations be precise in their testing methods as well as their reporting procedures.  DUID cases are often won or lost based on an expert defense attorney’s cross-examination of these witnesses. Call Hebets & McCallin today to schedule an appointment with one of our lawyers.


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