Field Sobriety Tests in Georgia

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When a driver is arrested on suspicion of DUI in Georgia, he or she may be asked to perform one or more of the following field sobriety tests: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (“nystagmus” refers to eye motion), the one-leg stand, and the walk-and-turn. These tests must be administered correctly, but even when a field sobriety test is administered correctly, they are still highly prone to inaccuracies.

For example, if a woman is wearing high-heels, there is a good chance she would perform poorly on the one-leg stand test even if she were completely sober. Other times a pre-existing injury or illness, the weather, the roadside conditions, distractions, and even the driver's weight can all affect his or her ability to pass the test.

Unfortunately, although it's common knowledge that these tests are not the best indicators of intoxication, results are still allowed in the courtroom. If you were arrested after taking a field sobriety test, contact the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson. An experienced lawyer at the firm can review the evidence and determine if there were errors in the administration of the tests.

Experienced Georgia Field Sobriety Test Defense

The founder of the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, Attorney Richard Lawson, has been highly trained in field sobriety testing and is a certified instructor who is qualified to train law enforcement in the correct administration of these tests. If you were arrested for DUI and field sobriety testing is part of the evidence that will be used against you in court, it is crucial that you contact the firm right away.

The DUI defense team at the firm is well qualified to cross-examine the officer who administered the test to determine what errors were made. This is no doubt invaluable for the defense of DUI cases. There have been countless cases in which serious errors were made, or the driver had a physical condition that caused them to “fail” one or more of these very subjective tests.

Never consider facing your DUI charges without a skilled Georgia DUI defense attorney on your side. The legal team at the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson is prepared to analyze all evidence against you, including field sobriety test results. Our legal team is trained and certified in field sobriety tests, We can evaluate whether the tests were performed correctly on you during your Georgia DUI arrest.

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