Olathe Field Sobriety Test Attorney
Standard Field Sobriety Testing
In an effort to regulate the way in which police officers determine whether
or not a driver is intoxicated, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHSTA) created three
Standard Field Sobriety Tests. These tests are designed to evaluate a driver's motor skills and
ability to follow instructions, both of which can be affected by alcohol
The three tests are as follows:
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Testing
When a person is drunk, their eyes may twitch when they look far to the
left or right (nystagmus). To test this, an officer will ask the driver
to keep their head stationary and follow an object, such as the officer's
finger, with their eyes as it moves from side to side.
Also referred to as "walking the line," the walk-and-turn test
is where the suspect must walk a certain number of steps down a straight
line while counting out loud, turn, and repeat the act. If they have trouble
following instructions, forget the number of steps, or have trouble keeping
their balance, they could fail the walk-and-turn test.
To pass the One-Leg Stand test, a driver must stand on one leg with their
arms held out and count to a certain number out loud, often in increments
of one-thousand. If they lose count or have an unusual amount of trouble
keeping their balance, they could fail the test.
Defense Strategies Using Field Sobriety Tests
Failure of one or more of the above tests could be considered grounds for a legal
DUI arrest. An officer must conduct these tests according to specific procedure,
however, before he or she can arrest a suspected drunk driver. If you
have been arrested for failing a field sobriety test, consult with an
Olathe DUI attorneyfrom Martin & Wallentine immediately so that we
can review your case and determine whether or not there may have been
police misconduct. If so, you may have a
defense strategy and be able to have your charges dismissed.
Hire a Field Sobriety Test Lawyer - We Serve Johnson County
Martin & Wallentine is an experienced defense firm located in Olathe,
across from the
Johnson County Courthouse. We practice defense on a regular basis and could obtain the
best possible results for your DUI case. Attorney Jerry Wallentine dedicates
95% of his time to fighting false DUI charges and is a seasoned litigator.
He also has experience as a professional speaker and could persuasively
argue in your defense. With him on your side, you could rest assured knowing
that your case is being aggressively handled by your attorney.
Contact Martin & Wallentine today for a
free case evaluation to learn how a member of our team could fight for you.