Colorado Springs Field Sobriety Test Lawyer
Field Sobriety Testing
Field sobriety tests are usually given to drivers suspected of intoxication. These are a combination of physical and mental tests administered after you have been pulled over for reckless or dangerous driving, including going above or below the speed limit, inappropriate stopping, or other behavior associated with drunk driving. The purpose of these tests is to determine if there is probable cause in arresting you for DUI. You will most likely be charged with either DUI, driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) or driving while ability impaired (DWAI) if these tests are failed. After you have been charged with DUI, you will be asked to take more rigorous
breath and blood tests to confirm both the presence and amount of alcohol or drugs in your system. A capable
Colorado Springs DUI lawyer knows there are many issues surrounding the validity of field sobriety testing, and will use this data in your defense.
Colorado Springs Field Sobriety Attorney
Most policing agencies use some form of field sobriety testing when they believe someone is driving while intoxicated or impaired. These tests were developed by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) and include:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (eye movement)
- One legged stand
- Walking a line
- Counting fingers
- Counting backwards
- Reciting the alphabet
When conducting these highly subjective tests, the police are evaluating your ability to follow instructions and properly perform the requested actions. If you are off balance, perform the tests too slow or too fast, or don't complete the test for any reason, the officer will assume you are intoxicated.
Attorney Michael Moran from The Law Office of Michael Moran is an experienced DUI lawyer and will scrutinize any field sobriety testing that resulted in your arrest. He can be counted on to aggressively dispute testing procedures and results in court
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from our firm to have your field sobriety tests reviewed by a competent DUI attorney.