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DRE Checklist, Step 1: Breath Alcohol Test

By San Diego Attorney on April 25, 2012

A Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) must follow a checklist that breaks down into twelve components. The next few blogs will examine each step in detail.

Step 1: Breath Alcohol Test

When the DRE is first summoned, the first question they will ask is:

  • “What were the results of the subject’s breath alcohol test?”

This question is critical because the DRE has to determine whether alcohol alone accounts for the impairment they observe. If a test wasn’t given, then the DRE will ask the officer to administer one. The DRE will be examining if the suspect is under the influence of more than a combination of alcohol and other drugs.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI with drugs, call our offices today for a free consultation. San Diego drunk driving defense lawyer James N. Dicks specializes in DUI cases. As a member of The National College for DUI Defense and with over 25 years of legal experience, he can help you.

Source: A training manual for the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program

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