Are There Ever Errors In Field Sobriety Testing?
When a person is stopped for DWI, they are given field sobriety tests to determine if they have been drinking. These are mental and physical ability tests that can include:
- Standing on one leg
- Finger to nose
- Walk and turn
- The Rhomberg balance test
- Counting backwards
- Reciting the alphabet
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
Field sobriety tests can be extremely subjective and result in inaccurate test results. There are frequently errors in the administration of field sobriety tests, and when these errors are identified, a DWI lawyer from the Houston firm of Jim Medley & Associates can challenge the case against you. If you have been charged with DWI, contact an attorney from their office to receive high-quality legal counsel regarding any field sobriety testing and your defense.
Can I Challenge The Validity Of a Field Sobriety Test?
Field sobriety test results can be challenged in many different ways, including improper testing procedures or pre-existing physical impairments that can affect a driver’s ability to properly perform the tests. Attorney Jim Medley is highly skilled DWI defense and field sobriety test expert. He has a master’s degree in forensic toxicology, is a published author of articles on field sobriety testing, and has trained police officers in testing procedures.
Medley and his firm can explain field sobriety testing laws and guidelines, analyze how DWI testing was performed and the validity of the results. Medley will pursue any advantage in your defense case, and if the testing procedures were flawed, this could be an opportunity to seek a case dismissal. A DWI charge can have serious consequences, especially if this is your second or third arrest.
DWI penalties can include probation, jail or prison time, fines, restitution, alcohol or drug treatment, vehicle impoundment, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device and/or the loss of your driving privileges. When fighting DWI charges, the choice of defense counsel is a critical issue. With Medley defending you, you can increase the possibility of a favorable outcome in your case. Call today to learn more.