Roswell GA Field Sobriety Testing

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

If you get pulled over in Roswell, and the officer suspects you of DUI, he or she will likely want to conduct some field sobriety testing.  Poor performance on field sobriety tests can give the Roswell DUI officer reason to effectuate the drivers arrest. 

Sometimes officers ask the driver to do things like say their ABCs or perform other arbitrary tests.  However, there are only 3 validated field sobriety tests that are correlated with being under the influence.  The validated tests are: HGN (short for horizontal gaze nystagmus), the walk and turn test, and the one leg stand. 

The HGN requires the driver to look at a stimulus for timed intervals and the officer to observe the involuntary jerking of his or her eyes (if such jerking exists).  This is the most scientific and generally the most reliable of the validated field sobriety tests.  There is also the walk and turn which requires the driver to walk along a real or imaginary line with 9 heal to toe steps, make a tight turn, and then make 9 heal to toe steps back.  The final validated test is the one leg stand, which asks the driver to stand on one leg for 30 seconds. 

All of these tests depend on the proper administration by the officer.  Often enough, the Roswell DUI officers make errors in their administration.  Roswell DUI attorney Richard Lawson has been trained to conduct field sobriety tests and can challenge the officers actions in court.  Call him today for a free DUI case review.

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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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