Drug-Impaired Driving in Canada
While drug-impaired driving has been a criminal offence in Canada since 1925, charges have been more common and more complex since the approval of the Drug Recognition Exercises (DRE) and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) in 2008. The legalization of marijuana and the imposition of per se limits for a number of drugs emphasizes the importance of a concise source of information for the complex matters raised in these cases.
Drug-Impaired Driving in Canada is a ready reference for prosecutors, defence lawyers, and the judiciary, covering the matters unique to drug-impaired driving cases. Key areas covered include the DRE, the SFST, specimen testing for drugs, specialized experts, new provincial and federal legislation on the topic, and caselaw in this developing area. This text provides a breakdown of the intricate issues that pervade drug-impaired driving cases.
For the past eleven years Nathan has been a criminal law practitioner who focuses on impaired-driving matters. Most recently he has taken on the additional role of standing agent for the Public Prosecution Service of Canada in Peterborough, prosecuting matters under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in addition to his private practice. Since 2012, he has produced the Drug Recognition Exercise/Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Netletter for practitioners, to keep them abreast of developments related to drug-impaired driving. He has developed and presented a day-long CPD course in consultation with DRE officers. In 2015, he was a panel member on the Law Society of Upper Canada’s annual Drinking and Driving CPD and authored the paper provided to participants for the panel. Nathan has received training to conduct SFST and DRE training at seminars in Atlanta and New Orleans in 2014 and 2016, as well as completing the NCDD Mastering Scientific Evidence Course.