Challenging Field Sobriety Tests
Many people, even some police officers, are confused about what constitutes a proper and valid field sobriety test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides specific criteria and procedures for conducting standard field sobriety tests: The nine-step walk and turn, the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) (a test for involuntary eye bounce which may be a sign of intoxication) and the one-leg stand.
The Problem Of Nonstandard Field Sobriety Tests
Some tests, such as reciting the alphabet backward, have not been evaluated in terms of whether they accurately detect a driver’s impairment. If you were arrested and charged with DWI in Dallas or anywhere in North Texas based on a nonstandard field sobriety test, we are ready to evaluate your case.
Even Standardized Tests May Be Unreliable
Even if the arresting officer employed one of the three standard tests, there are many reasons to doubt the results. The following factors or others may render field sobriety test results open to a challenge:
- Roadside conditions
- A driver’s lack of sleep
- A medical condition
- An officer’s lack of training
An experienced and knowledgeable DWI defense lawyer should evaluate your case if you were arrested on the basis of field sobriety test results.
C.H. "Hank" Judin III is a Dallas criminal defense attorney with over 30 years of experience in DWI defense. We are ready to fight the validity of the traffic stop after your DWI or DUI arrest. We will do our utmost to protect your civil rights against any violation by overzealous Texas state troopers and police officers. We understand the rules and regulations governing field sobriety tests and will fight hard to challenge the results.
Other Law Enforcement Errors May Be The Key To Your Defense
Don’t forget: In many DWI cases, serious mistakes were made even before the field sobriety test was administered. Those mistakes may mean that, no matter how the arresting officer says you did on the field sobriety test, your case could be thrown out. When we represent you, we will leave no stone unturned when seeking the right defense strategy for your case.
Contact A Strong Defense Attorney Today
If you need an experienced lawyer to fight DWI charges based on unreliable field sobriety test results, we can help. Call our Dallas office today at 972-704-1075 or send us an email now to schedule a free consultation. Se habla español.