About Field Sobriety Tests
Many individuals in Cumming or other parts of Forsyth County who have been arrested for DUI were subjected to field sobriety tests. The tests used most frequently in the state are the “horizontal gaze nystagmus” (following an object with the eyes – nystagmus is the eye jerking), the “one-leg stand” and the “walk and turn.” These tests have strict requirements on how they are administered in order be considered valid. Even when the tests are done absolutely correctly, they still are not particularly accurate. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHSTA) admits that the best of the tests has only 77% accuracy when compared to actual blood alcohol concentration tests. Understanding the science behind these tests is crucial for your Forsyth County DUI lawyer if evidence from these tests are part of the case against you.
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The first sign of possible intoxication is a person's driving. Once pulled over, the results of field sobriety tests are often used as evidence to indicate that the individual showed signs of intoxication. In roadside checkpoints, these tests are often part of any suspicion of DUI. However, you are not legally required to submit to field sobriety testing and can refuse without legal penalty.
You will suffer serious repercussions if you refuse the breath or blood test, and will have your license suspended for one year should you refuse. The police must read your implied consent rights before asking for a test of your blood, breath, or urine. In the event of a refusal or a test where your BAC is .08 or more, your attorney can request a hearing in order to save your driver's license.
The founder of the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, Attorney Richard Lawson, has been trained as an instructor by NHSTA for field sobriety tests. He is qualified to teach law enforcement how the tests are done correctly. His understanding about every aspect of field sobriety testing provides you an outstanding opportunity to challenge the evidence against you in court. Law enforcement personnel who administered the tests can be cross-examined to determine whether they were correctly performed. Very often the tests are incorrectly administered. Richard Lawson's knowledge and experience can be a huge advantage in defending your case. However, you must act quickly in order to defend your case. The court system moves swiftly. Without quick action, you may waive your right to contest your case.
Contact a Forsyth County DUI lawyer from the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson who will relentlessly defend you when you have been arrested and charged with DUI where field sobriety testing is part of the evidence.