Many times when I speak with clients about their arrests for DUI in Georgia, they explain to me how the investigating officer asked them to submit to field sobriety tests. Nine times out of ten, an officer will ask for field sobriety tests if he or she suspects a driver of driving under the influence.
There are three field sobriety tests that are standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These tests can help officers to spot whether or not a person is under the influence of alcohol.
However, as a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I am very aware of the issues and problems that exist with not only the administration of field sobriety tests but also with the results of these tests as well. In today's post I will outline the different tests as well as some of the common factors that can negatively influence one's performance on the tests themselves.
Georgia Field Sobriety Tests
Georgia Field Sobriety Tests are good indicators that a person has been drinking - however, just like any other method or theory, there are limitations to each of the tests. The three standardized field sobriety tests include:
- The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test
- The Walk and Turn Test
- The One Leg Stand Test
These tests are considered standardized. But there is something to point out.. These tests cannot be counted on if a person has certain characteristics or attributes that make the tests result in false positives. These factors can actually cause poor performance and result in DUI arrest. These factors include
- Inability to balance
- Heavier weight
- Stockier body composition
- Natural eye nystagmus
- Speech impediment
- Anxiety disorder
- Old age
- Physical conditions, etc.
Any one or a few of these combined together could cause you to perform in such a way that you fail the test, even though you were not intoxicated. The sad reality is that some officers (not all) refuse to take these factors into consideration when investigating someone for driving under the influence.
Contact our offices today if you or a loved one has been arrested. We can help you now.