ADD, ADHD and Field Sobriety Tests

Posted by Richard Lawson | Apr 02, 2011 | 0 Comments

When a driver is pulled over and the officer suspects the driver may be driving under the influence, the officer will usually speak with the driver for a few minutes, observe their appearance and behavior, and then administer field sobriety tests.  Especially in cases where the driver refuses a breath test, the field sobriety test are key evidence to the prosecuting attorneys in seeking DUI convictions.  The problem is that many drivers are affected by ADD or ADHD and may fail the field sobriety tests as the officer mistakes the symptoms of ADD/ADHD with the symptoms of alcoholic intoxication.

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be easily confused with the common signs and symptoms of intoxication. Officers look for DUI drivers to have difficulty focusing their attention on simple tasks, difficulty following instructions, or who are non-responsive or do not comprehend the tasks the officer demands of them.  While these are symptoms of DUI, they are also signs of ADD or ADHD. 

If you have been charged with a DUI in the Sandy Springs or  Dunwoody area, call the Roswell office of experienced DUI attorney Richard Lawson for a free consultation.  Mr. Lawson has experience working with clients who suffer from ADD/ADHD and other related conditions and getting them the best possible result on their cases. 

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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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