Experienced Foley Field Sobriety Test Lawyer
If you have been stopped for DUI in Alabama, you have probably taken the standardized field sobriety tests: the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the one-legged stand and the walk-and-turn. The police have been using these tests for years to determine whether someone is intoxicated. However, one of these tests is not admissible in court, and all three of them are inherently problematic as evidence. It takes an experienced Baldwin County field sobriety test attorney to fight these tests in court and help you avoid a DUI conviction.
At Beckdefense, we have more than 20 years of experience defending our clients against DUI charges. Attorney John W. Beck is a former prosecuting attorney, and he has handled literally thousands of criminal matters, including more than 100 cases that have gone to jury trial. We have the experience and knowledge to handle field sobriety tests in DUI cases.
Breaking Down The Field Sobriety Tests
There are three tests that the police will use most frequently in DUI stops. First, in the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the officer moves a finger left and right in front of your eyes and watches as your eyes follow the finger to attempt to make a determination whether or not you are intoxicated. The second is the walk-and-turn test. This test is as simple as it sounds. You walk a line and then turn. The third is similarly simple, the one-legged stand test. These last two tests measure your balance to determine intoxication.
There are numerous problems with these tests. The horizontal gaze nystagmus test is not admissible in court, and the other two lack significant scientific evidentiary value and can often return false results. In many cases, the circumstances surrounding the conducting of the tests add further problems. Late at night, on a hill or unstable street-side surface, with cars driving by, it would be difficult for most sober people to pass these balance tests.
While the DUI testing procedures are problematic, it takes a skilled, experienced lawyer to post the proper objections at the proper times to make sure these tests do not hinder your defense. We have handled a great number of DUI matters, and we know how to minimize the impact of the roadside sobriety tests.
Another important consideration is the roadside breath test. While the results are not admissible in court, you could face even more severe penalties if you refuse to blow into the portable breathalyzer. Depending on the circumstances, it may or may not be better to take the test. Learn more about blood and breath tests.
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After a DUI arrest, it is important to talk with an experienced lawyer to learn about your rights and options. Call 251-517-0964, toll free at 866-935-0465 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney.