Attorney McShane to Present at the ACS National Meeting in Anaheim

Attorney McShane is a noted litigator when it comes to the area of analytical chemistry and forensic science. His commitment to research and study have earned him the respect of experts in both the legal and scientific communities. As a result, Attorney McShane has been invited to lecture at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society to be held from March 27-31, 2011 in Anaheim, CA. His topic is: False Convictions and Bad Pharmacology: The Danger of the Drug Recognition “Expert” Protocol in Driving Under the Influence of Drug Prosecutions: A call for meaningful validation.


The DRE protocol lacks scientific validity
The DRE protocol lacks scientific validity

The Drug Recognition “Expert” (DRE) program is the 12 step National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) standardized curriculum that is used in DUI drugs cases across the country. This protocol has not been vigorously tested scientifically and validated, to supposedly detect drug impaired drivers after arrest and before there is an analytical chemistry (toxicology) result. The base principles of DRE protocol are the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) which themselves have not been scientifically validated. It is important to note that the SFSTs were not designed to record or quantify impairment. Despite these limitations, the SFSTs are being used as the decision point for determining impairment in the DRE context claiming to discriminate between impaired and unimpaired drivers for the court.  This leads to false convictions based on faulty presumptions about the validity of the DRE protocol.

Being invited to speak at a prestigious seminar like the ACS National Meeting is quite an honor and is a further validation of Attorney McShane’s credentials in DUI science. If you or a loved one is charged with a DUI or a DUI-drugs in PA please call 1-866-MCSHANE to consult with a respected PA DUI Attorney.

Justin McShane

PA DUI attorney Justin J. McShane is the President/CEO of The McShane Firm, LLC - Pennsylvania's top criminal law and DUI law firm. He is the highest rated DUI attorney in PA as rated by Justin McShane is a double Board certified attorney. He is the first and so far the only Pennsylvania attorney to achieve American Bar Association recognized board certification in DUI defense from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. He is also a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a Pennsylvania Supreme Court Approved Agency.

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