Field Sobriety Tests
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DWI charges can lead to some severe consequences, such as jail time, substantial fines, and loss of your driver’s license. When a police officer suspects you of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she may conduct a run of several field sobriety tests to determine your level of inebriation. If you’re facing a DWI charge, contact our skilled Salisbury DWI attorney as soon as possible. Our experienced criminal defense lawyer comes highly rated and is dedicated to protecting your rights and freedom.
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Types of Tests
The three most common types of field sobriety tests are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, the One-Leg Stand (OLS) test, and the Walk and Turn (W&T) test. These tests are all voluntary. Those suspected of a DWI do not have to perform any of the field sobriety tests; they are mainly used to provide evidence, or probable cause, for a police officer to arrest a person for a DWI and ask him or her to do a breath test at the police station.
Standardization of Tests
There is a right and a wrong way to conduct a field sobriety test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes a manual and conducts training and certification courses for law enforcement in how to properly administer these tests. If an officer doesn’t conduct the test in a proper manner, the tests results could be considered invalid and cannot be considered evidence of impairment.
Call an Experienced Attorney Today
If you think a field sobriety test was conducted improperly, or you were arrested for a DWI without probable cause, make sure to contact an experienced Salisbury criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. William R. Hall, our founding attorney, has won hundreds of cases for people accused of many different types of crimes. He is also a former prosecutor, so he understands how the opposition thinks. He will listen carefully to your situation and help you build a strong case to defend you against the prosecution. Attorney Hall can offer you representation at reasonable fees, and he is known for treating his clients with professionalism, courtesy, and respect. Let us see what we can do for you and your case in a free case evaluation.
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