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SFST Performance & Impairment in the Drug DUI Case

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 (Live Session ONLY - No recording will be available)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Joseph O. Jones, System Director – North Louisiana Crime Lab

A common defense argument in Drug DUI cases is that the SFSTs are inadmissible and irrelevant as they were only designed for Alcohol DUI cases. This argument holds little weight and prosecutors are most certainly able to discuss impairment in Drug DUI cases using the SFSTs. But, how can something designed for alcohol impairment be applied to cases involving drugs of abuse as the defense argues? This course will look to the science and what the science actually tells us to explain how the SFSTs can in fact be used to show and explain impairment in Drug DUI cases. Such information will provide valuable background to both prosecutors and law enforcement as they prosecute Drug DUI cases and evaluate the facts and circumstances of such cases.

Moving on from Xanax: Impaired Driving with Novel Benzodiazepines

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Nicholas Tiscione, M.S., D-ABFT-FT

This presentation will discuss the challenges with toxicology testing for novel benzodiazepines and the impairment they may produce. Benzodiazepines are a class of compounds that include prescription drugs used to treat anxiety, control seizures, and cause general sedation. They are frequently identified in impaired driving cases, most often in combination with other drugs. Recently, novel designer benzodiazepines have been identified in counterfeit Xanax tablets in a significant number of drug seizure cases. Subsequently, they have also been identified in impaired driving cases. This presentation will provide a background onto these troubling and difficult new drug issues and so that prosecutors and law enforcement officers may better deal with such issues while investigating and prosecuting Drug-DUI cases.

DRE and the IACP 2021: Updates & Enhancements

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Joe Abrusci, Project Manager – DECP Eastern Region, International Association of Chiefs of Police

This session is intended to provide an update on projects related to and affecting the DRE program that are underway, as well as new offerings to help further ARIDE and DRE training. Additionally, it will provide updates on recent and pending Frye/Daubert Hearings regarding the DRE program. Finally, it will provide information on judicial and prosecutor training related to the DRE program.

The Evolution of SFSTs

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Kyle Clark, DECP National Project Manager - IACP

Much has changed since the introduction of the “Improved Sobriety Test Battery” in 1984. During this presentation, DECP National Project Manager Kyle Clark will review the history of the changes and improvements made to the SFST program over the past 35 years. Background information will also be shared to enlighten prosecutors and law enforcement officers on the reasoning behind some of the changes that have served to enhance the accuracies of the three standardized field sobriety tests over the years so that they can better explain these important tests in court on a DUI case.

CDLs & Impaired Driving: Examining the Regulations, the Licensing Requirements and the Consequences

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Aaron Ann Cole-Funfsinn, Staff Attorney - National Traffic Law Center

CDL holders have the privilege of operating 80,000 pound vehicles, and with that privilege comes greater training, licensing expectations and responsibility. This webinar will analyze the rules and regulations about CDL operators and impaired driving and the legal, as well as the often deadly practical, consequences of what happens when a CDL driver chooses to operate a vehicle while impaired.

Finding The Story & Presenting the Case for Impaired Driving in CMV & Personal Vehicle Crash Cases

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Aaron Ann Cole-Funfsinn, Staff Attorney - National Traffic Law Center & Tom Lockridge - Kentucky TSRP

The opening statement at a jury trial is a prosecutor’s first opportunity to “tell the story”. It is especially important in impaired driving cases to communicate the urgency of the facts and the serious consequences of the driver’s actions to the jury. In this webinar, Kentucky TSRP Tom Lockridge and NDAA NTLC Staff Attorney Aaron Ann Cole-Funfsinn will create a road map for you to build a compelling opening statement in CDL- and personal vehicle- impaired driving and crash cases to help you tell a powerful and persuasive story to the jury.

Constitutional Law Issues in Impaired Driving Cases

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Ken Stecker - Michigan TSRP

In the recent past, the United States Supreme Court (USSC) has issued several opinions directly impacting impaired driving investigations and prosecutions. This webinar will provide an overview of some of the many constitutional issues impacting traffic cases from the law enforcement officer’s observations of a vehicle in motion through a defendant’s trial. It is designed to review United States Supreme Court cases that impact the prosecution of impaired driving cases generally, as well as cases that have addressed impaired driving issues specifically.

SFSTs & Drugs: Hit or Miss?

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Tara Jenswold & Emily Thompson, Wisconsin TSRPs

Despite defense claims that the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) miss the mark in identifying drug-impaired drivers, the SFSTs are, in fact, a valuable tool for law enforcement to rely upon in identifying drug impairment. Join the Wisconsin TSRPs as they delve into these assertions by the defense bar. This session will address what, if any, evidence the defense bar has to support their claims and it will offer practical tips on how to respond to such challenges.

Mellanby Effect: A LEO's Perspective on Homeostasis & Burn Off

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Det. Tom Heller, Seattle Police Department

This session will explain from a law enforcement perspective the many factors to review to determine if a defendant is safely off the roadway, including specifics on the scientific phenomena at play in why alcohol impaired people choose to drive. It will explain the background behind homeostasis and burn-off, and discuss how these scientific factors come into play in a DUI case so that both prosecutors and law enforcement officers can better explain and articulate these factors in order to better investigate and prosecute DUI cases. This session is a crucial follow-up to a prior session on the Mellanby Effect conducted by Washington State TSRP Miriam Norman, which explained these factors from a prosecutor’s perspective; this session will provide both prosecutors and law enforcement officers with even more information on these factors, this time from the eyes of a law enforcement officer