New Jersey Drug Recognition Experts
If a law enforcement officer believes a suspect to be under the influence of drugs, the officer may request that he or she perform additional testing beyond the standard field sobriety tests. This complicated 12-step procedure is called a Drug Recognition Evaluation, and it is often administered by a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).
Problems with DREs
The use of these so-called “experts” has caused concern among many in the legal and scientific communities. Police officers are generally trained to recognize symptoms of drug use and are not experts in detecting impairment, regardless of what they call themselves. Relying on symptom evaluation rather than the totality of the tests can cause officers to miss other clues of non-impairment.