West Virginia DRE Course

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The federal government has given state and local agencies millions of dollars to train their officers in the DRE Protocol. Unlike the SFST protocols, attorneys cannot get the DRE training. There are very few people who have the experience and expertise to train attorneys in the DRE program. Lance Platt, Ph.D. is widely recognized as the nation’s foremost expert trainer in this area. In his unique DRE Overview course you will learn how to evaluate and defend against a case built on DRE evidence.

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Lance Platt, Ph.D., widely recognized at the Nation’s Top DUI / DWI Expert, in association with Warhorse Marketing, Corp proudly announces he will conduct a DRE Course at the Waterfront Place Hotel in West Virginia on September 24-25.

This course is a one-of-a-kind class will teach DUI attorneys / DWI attorneys how to properly evaluate a drunk driving case when the evidence is based off a drug recognition expert evaluation. DRE arrests are the growing trend nationwide and in Washington State, and DUI Lawyers and DWI Lawyers have to stay ahead of the curve to remain competitive in the courtroom and in getting new clients. There is simply no other course in the nation that will teach you what Lance Platt will teach you in this intensive two day course.

This seminar is an overview of the key evaluation principles taught in the NHTSA Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP-DRE) curriculum. This course will cover:

– The most up-to-date NHTSA/IACP approved DRE training curriculum, protocols;
– The most up-to-date DRE procedures;
– Case planning and trial preparation techniques;
– Medical and scientific basis for evaluating DRE test administration and performance;

In addition, you will be trained in:

– The development history and effectiveness of the drug recognition process;
– Physiology of drugs and how they interact and effect the human body;
– Drug evaluation and classification procedures;
– Drug evaluation eye examinations including the HGN, VGN, lack of convergence, estimation of pupil size, and pupil reaction to light
– Vital sign examinations including pulse rates, blood pressure, and body temperature;
– The seven drug categories;
– Drug combinations and their effect on human physiology;
– How to analyze the drug evaluation narrative report and drug influence evaluation sheet;
– Proper use of the drug evaluation matrix to form drug category classification.

In addition to this one-of-a-kind training you will receive:

– A copy of the most recent NHTSA DECP course pre-school and long course manuals
– CD-ROM filled with DECP studies, case law and “face sheet examples.”

Lance Platt is nationally recognized as the top DWI expert witness and training expert. Mr. Platt is a former Texas Police Officer and has taught attorneys across the country how to evaluate DWI and DRE cases. Mr. Platt’s training is unique because of his methodology in both training SFST/DRE courses, and preparing case evaluations. Mr. Platt’s CV can be found here! Mr. Platt teaches the field sobriety test training for attorneys through the SFST Practitioner Course, SFST Instructor Course, and DRE Overview course.

Course Itinerary

Day 1

Session I – Clinical Pharmacology 9:00 – 12:00

Do the Validation Studies actually validate the DRE process: a Statistical Analysis
Why the DRE process has failed validation testing: AMA guidelines vs. NHTSA guidelines for Detection of Drugged Driving
The complexities of Clinical Pharmacology: factors that influence an individuals response to a medication
Forensic Toxicology: what information is contained in a quantitative serum drug level vs. a qualitative urine test
Adequate education, training and experience for an expert to opine about the expected effects of a drug on an individual patient/client: DRE technician vs. Clinical Pharmacologist
What patient / specific information does an expert need to know and incorporate into an opinion
Eye exams: HGN, VGN, LOC and pupil size. What do they really mean?

Session II – Bringing it all together 1:00 – 5:00

The flawed logic of the Drug Matrix
Reasons why defense lawyer should go to trial rather than settle DRE cases
Real examples of DRE cases and defense strategies unique to DRE cases

Day 2

Session III – Creating the DRE Program 9:00 – 10:00
Program background

Session IV – Physiology and Drugs from the DRE point of view 10:00 – 11:00
Systems examined during DRE evaluation
Human physiology

Session V – Overview of Drug Evaluation and Classification Procedures 11:00 – 12:00
Identify the twelve major components of the Drug Recognition process
Discuss the purpose of each component

Session VI – The Seven Drug Categories 12:00 – 2:00
Methods of ingestion
General indicators of impairment
Eye indicators of impairment
Duration of effects
Overdoes symptoms
Other conditions mimicking drug impairment
Review and discuss an actual DRE arrest evaluation report

Session VII – Review of a DRE case from 1-12 2:00 – 4:00
Review of the “Face Sheet”
Cognitive Bias in DRE
Trial techniques in DUI drug cases

Session VIII – Testing 4:00 – 5:00
Demonstrate the knowledge of the DRE/DECP evaluation by conducting (5) simulated DRE evaluations and identifying the associated drug category and/or categories of each DRE evaluation.


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