Field Sobriety Tests in NC
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One of the most important aspects of a DWI arrest is how the field sobriety
tests were administered and performed. If an officer has reason to believe
that an individual is driving under the influence, they may ask them to
perform certain tests. If an individual fails, they may be accused of
or charged with DWI. These tests play a huge role in a defendant's
defense and can be used to fight charges.
Different Types of Field Sobriety Tests
There are several field sobriety tests (FSTs), that an officer can use
to determine whether or not a person may be intoxicated. Without signs
of impairment, an officer may not be able to arrest you for DWI or ask
you to perform a chemical test. As a result, they often ask individuals
to perform one or all of the FSTs.
The three standardized tests that police officers can use include:
- The Walk-and-Turn Test
- The One-Leg Stand Test
- The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test
There are other tests that an officer can use to determine impairment,
but those tests are not validated by the National Highway Transportation
and Safety Administration and can be challenged in court much more easily.
The tests are meant to test for any physical or mental impairments a person
may be struggling with due to intoxication.
An officer must look for certain signs or responses, which means they could
easily misread or misjudge a sign or response for impairment, when in
actuality, it is simply a physical disability or other explanation. The
attorney from The Law Offices of Darrin M. Gamradt, P.C. can challenge any evidence
from FSTs against you and make sure that your rights were not violated
in the process. If the tests were administered incorrectly, the evidence
may be thrown out, strengthening your case.
Do not wait to get the counsel and representation you need during this
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