Field Sobriety Tests

A Field Sobriety Test in Washington is a test given by an officer of the law to a driver of a motor vehicle who the officer suspects of driving under the influence. There are 3 such tests that are considered standard by the National Traffic Safety Administration. These are:

  • The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) - Horizontal gaze nystagmus is a medical term indicating a particular eyeball oscillation. This is a jerking type movement of the eyeball when it gazes to the side. It is exaggerated when one is intoxicated. The officer will have you follow a finger etc. to see if you can follow a moving object smoothly.
  • Walk-and-turn - In this test the officer will have you walk heel-to-toe for 9 steps and then turn around and walk back in the same fashion. The officer will look for signs of imbalance.
  • One-legged stand - With this test the officer will have you stand and lift one foot off the ground approximately 6 inches and will look for imbalance.

There are other tests sometimes administered by police officers but the above are the only standardized tests. If you have submitted to a field sobriety test by an officer resulting in a DUI arrest it is of the utmost importance that you contact a Lynnwood criminal defense lawyer to get the best possible defense against your charges. Your license and record are at stake, so it is vital to call today.

There are two further points you should know regarding field sobriety tests:

  • You are not required by law to submit to a field sobriety test and cannot be arrested because you refuse to submit to the test.
  • A positive test leading to a DUI arrest does not necessarily mean that you will be convicted based on the test results. There are many defenses that can be used against any positive results.

Searching for a lawyer for your DUI case in Lynnwood, WA? Contact me at the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear regarding your field sobriety test. As a knowledgeable Lynnwood DUI attorney I can assess how the field sobriety test can affect your case.

Fighting For Your Rights in Lynnwood

Field sobriety tests have many angles that should be investigated thoroughly to determine how the tests may or may not affect your case. My former experience as a prosecutor will help to ensure that you get the best result possible based on the facts of the case. Understanding the field sobriety test is part of that experience.

Furthermore, as a defense attorney I have been certified in field sobriety testing, enrolling in advanced classes that require multiple days of exhaustive training and testing on field sobriety tests. I have also completed the same instruction course required of most police officers and have furthermore been certified as an instructor in field sobriety testing - allowing me to train others in this vital area. I have found this experience vital in defending my client's cases and holding police officers accountable for instructing and scoring these tests correctly - something which they rarely do. Have you been given a field sobriety test and arrested for DUI? Contact the Law Office of Lance R. Fryrear at the earliest convenience so the field tests and results can be investigated thoroughly and accurately.