${site.data.firmName} ${site.data.firmName}
Free Consultation No recovery - No Fee
215-822-7575 / 800-358-9367
Practice Areas

Drugged Driving in Pennsylvania

Driving under the influence of alcohol has been an issue in the headlines for decades. Countless laws have been passed that increase the penalties for a person convicted of DUI. Police officers are extensively trained to recognize the signs of someone who has been driving while impaired. Blood or breath tests can quickly show whether a person is over the .08 legal limit.

However, drugged driving is presenting major challenges to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. There are so many different drugs that a person may take, it is difficult to determine which drug is present in a person's system. Since each drug may cause different effects, no one "legal limit" can be put in place to broadly apply to motorists who may have used illegal or prescription drugs.

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania, like in several other states, uses drug recognition experts (DREs) to help crack down on drugged driving. DREs receive special training, which was created by The International Drug Evaluation and Classification Program.

DREs use a 12-step process when conducting an investigation into whether a motorist was impaired by drugs. The officer that initially made the traffic stop will be the one who determines if a DRE is necessary.

If called to investigate, a DRE will perform several tests on a suspected drugged driver. The officer will ask about what food or drugs a person has consumed. The DRE will examine the suspect's pupils to check for unusual movements.

DREs will also conduct other "field sobriety" type tests to see how an individual reacts to specific instructions. The officers will also look for any visible signs of drug use on the person's body, such as injection marks.

At the end of this process, the DRE will be the one who decides whether or not to order tests which would show the presence of drugs in a person's system. This leaves the determination for this test entirely to the discretion of the DRE, which could potentially cause problems.

A drugged driving conviction could carry extensive penalties, including the loss of a driver's license. Know what options are available to you before you plead guilty. This does not make everything simply disappear. The consequences of a conviction can be extremely long-lasting.

Source: Pennsylvania State Police "Drug Evaluation and Classification Program"

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | US News 2018
  • RGS&G Firm News

    Attorney Amy R. Stern, a partner at the Lansdale law firm of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, P.C, is co-presenting a seminar entitled Divorce 101 along with Marc Silverman, Senior Loan Officer of GMH Mortgage Services.Read more...

  • Super Lawyers | Rising Stars
  • National board of legal speciality certification
  • American college of trial lawyers
  • National board of trial advocacy | EST 1977
  • 2013 | Subarbanlife | Awesome Attorneys
  • PennSuburban | Chamber of commerce

Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford has been a member of the local Penn Suburban Chamber of Commerce (previously known as North Penn Suburban Chamber of Commerce) for more than 25 years.

You Have Questions? We Have Answers. Fill out the form and an attorney will be in touch with you shortly.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

start now. send your request