Field Sobriety Test
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Field Sobriety Test Attorney in Cumming, GA
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Field Sobriety Test
Most of us could very easily fail a Field Sobriety Test, even though we were not drunk. Police officers throughout Georgia decide everyday if a driver will be charged for DUI and arrest. These tests include the horizontal gaze nystagmus, one-leg stand, and the walk-and-turn test. If you were arrested for drunk driving after failing the Cumming, Georgia Field Sobriety Test, hiring a skilled, committed DUI lawyer may improve your chances of avoiding jail.
The walk-and-turn test, like the one-leg stand, is designed to test both the driver’s cognitive and physical abilities, which may be diminished by the effects of alcohol and/or drugs. To administer this test, the officer may ask you to maintain a certain stance while he or she gives you directions. After receiving the officer’s instructions, you will take nine, heel-to-toe steps, forward, pivot in a certain manner and take nine heel-to-toe steps back to your original position while counting each step aloud.
The officer will look for “clues” like, having difficulty maintaining balance during the instruction phase, failing to take the proper number of steps, turning incorrectly, failing to count aloud, and stepping off the imaginary line. If you exhibit two or more of these clues, you may be arrested and booked for drunk driving. Georgia walk-and-turn test is not easy to pass, even sober.
What Makes Georgia Field Sobriety Test So Hard?
- Roadside conditions, typically late at night with dirt and gravel on the road
- Flash of headlights from passing cars
- Officer intimidation, dark vest and tactical gear, are enough to make anyone nervous
- Physical condition, like a bad ankle, prohibiting them from performing the test
- Elderly, anyone over 65 years of age
- Overweight, more than 50 pounds, making it very difficult to balance
Experience matters. As an skilled and experienced Cumming, Georgia DUI lawyer, Chris McCormick fully understands the shortcomings of the Field Sobriety Test and can challenge your results in an effort to win your case.