When a person is pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, the police officer will administer a field sobriety test. There are three field sobriety tests that an officer can give. When the test is being performed, the officer is looking for specific clues that can prove that the person in question is, in fact, intoxicated. They may also administer a chemical breath test known as a breathalyzer. If you refuse to take a breathalyzer you will receive serious consequences. However, if you refuse to take a field sobriety test, you will only be issued a traffic ticket.
The first type of field sobriety test is known as the walk and turn test. The police officer administering the exam will have to read you the official instructions. The purpose of this test is to check your balance. You will be required to walk a certain length along the side of the road with the heel of one of your feet touching the toe of the other foot. The second type of field sobriety test is the one-leg stand test. This analyzes your balance to see if you may be intoxicated. The third test is known as the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test that tests your eye movement to see if it is delayed due to intoxication.
There are a number of defenses that a lawyer can use when a person feels that they wrongly failed a field sobriety test. If you can prove that you have a health condition that makes it so you were unable to successfully pass the field sobriety test, your charges may be undone. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today to provide you with strong legal representation in your DUI case.
Keith Hirschorn, P.C., is an experienced criminal defense attorney working throughout the state of New Jersey. If you have any questions regarding your case, call the law office to set up a free initial consultation.