- September 16, 2013
DUI charges can be very detrimental to one’s livelihood. You may lose your license, which will make it difficult to get to and from work. You may even go to jail. It is important to have legal counsel in your corner that will fight for your best interests. If you face charges stemming from intoxicated driving, a Roy DUI defense attorney can explain the different field sobriety tests officers typically use.
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
Some field sobriety tests are standardized by the National Highway Safety Administration. In other words, the following tests have rigid instructions the officer must follow when administering them. They are:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test (measures irregular eye movements);
- Walk and turn/walk the line;
- One leg stand.
Your Roy DUI defense lawyer can go over your results and analyze whether the officer properly administered them.
Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
As your Roy DUI defense attorney will explain, officers often use non-standardized testing during DUI traffic stops too. These may include balancing tests, handwriting tests, coin pick-up, finger to nose, and/or alphabet and counting tests. Again, though these tests are not usually standardized, a Roy DUI defense lawyer can review how they were administered. For example:
- Finger to Nose Test
This test usually calls for the subject to close his eyes and touch his nose with his index finger. Your Roy DUI defense attorney will explain how studies have shown this test may show the presence of alcohol in your system.
Your Roy DUI defense attorney knows how counting tests should be administered. Rather than reciting backwards, the subject usually starts counting from a certain number or certain letter of the alphabet. Sometimes, you may be asked to count backwards from 100. You may also need to stand on one foot while counting.
Your Roy DUI defense lawyer will review whether any test (standardized or not) was improperly administered. If so, it may form the basis for a defense strategy.
For more information about what to expect during a traffic stop and defense strategies that may apply to your case, contact Roy DUI defense attorneys at Greene & Lloyd PLLC. Call (253) 770-0808 now.