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Drugged Driving Essentials

Tuition: Fully Funded - Call for Eligibility




Course Location

The National Judicial College

Reno, NV

Course Fees

Tuition: Fully Funded - Call for Eligibility


The National Judicial College - Reno, NV

September 12, 2022 to September 14, 2022

This course is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and offered at no cost to eligible participants. Up to $1,000 available for travel reimbursement. Please contact the registrar’s office for eligibility.

Increases in the number of drug-impaired driving cases on our highways have added new challenges for trial judges as they deal with evidentiary challenges, emerging caselaw, and evidence-based practices in this evolving area of the law. Unlike alcohol-impaired driving, drugged driving has no bright line test for impairment. This course will highlight all aspects of drug impaired driving cases, including pretrial release, search and seizure, toxicology essentials, police investigation, scientific evidence, and effective and evidence-based sentencing practices designed to reduce recidivism.


Tuition: Fully Funded - Call for Eligibility $1359

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Recognize the important roles judges play in efficiently, ethically, and effectively handling drug-impaired driving cases;
  • Identify the different challenges presented in drug-impaired driving cases;
  • Recognize and rule on constitutional and evidentiary issues unique to drug-impaired driving cases; and
  • Identify and apply effective evidence-based sentencing options in drug-impaired driving cases.

Who should attend?
Any judges who hear traffic cases, or anticipate they will preside over a traffic docket in the future. Traffic issues affect all cases universally, thus it is always beneficial for a judge to be well-versed in the most pressing topics which are occurring today, and know how to manage the issues in an effective manner.

Who are the members of the faculty?
The faculty is composed of experienced judges, professors, physicians, consultants, attorneys, and law enforcement officers, who have a mastery of teaching the skills needed to effectively manage a traffic court docket, and will provide valuable best practices information regarding traffic case adjudication.

How is this course taught?
Classroom presentations are balanced with problem solving sessions, case studies, small group discussions. The faculty encourages you to interact during class and make themselves available outside of the classroom for informal discussion of issues and problems.

How is this course taught?
Problems with drug abuse can affect a person involved in any type of court case. As such, it is important for a judge to be aware of the emerging trends in drug use, in order most effectively manage their cases. This course will provide the judge who presides over any type of docket with the tools to effectively determine if a person appearing before them is under the influence of drugs, and will provide practical methods of determining the most effective way to effectively manage the drug abuse issue.

Whom should I contact for more information?
For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.

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