Field Sobriety Tests - Georgia DUI Defense

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Georgia, an officer cannot pull over drivers at random.  There must be a reason for the police officer to stop the motor vehicle.  This could be any traffic offense, from no seat belt to failing to maintain lane.  Once the officer has the driver stopped, he or she may suspect the driver of DUI.  The Georgia officer may ask the driver to submit to field sobriety testing.

While some officers have a plethora of tests for the driver, only three are validated field sobriety tests that would indicate DUI if administered correctly by the officer.  The three validated tests are horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk and turn, and the one leg stand.  The horizontal gaze nystagmus is a test of the eyes.  If there exists some involuntary jerking, then this might be an indicator of DUI.  The one leg stand has the driver stand on one foot for 30 seconds.  The walk and turn has the driver take nine steps along a real or imaginary line, turn around, and make 9 return steps. 

Georgia DUI attorney Richard S. Lawson has been trained in the proper administration of field sobriety tests.  If you are facing a driving under the influence charge,  contact the Law Office of Richard Lawson today for a free consultation.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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