Understanding Field Sobriety Tests in Snohomish County
Advice from an Experienced Everett DUI Defense Attorney
In order to determine if the driver of a certain vehicle is intoxicated
while behind the wheel, a field sobriety test is performed by police.
During these tests, certain agility exercises test balance and presence of mind.
- At the office of Thomas J. Cunnane, Inc., we advise clients as to the best
steps to take after field sobriety testing. Call (425) 559-7970 today
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There are three common types of tests which Everett officers, troopers,
and deputies use to gather evidence involving a
DUI arrest. These include:
Horizontal gaze nystagmus: This type of test looks into eye movements. During the test, the police
officer will ask the driver to step out of the vehicle and follow a certain
object using their eyes.
Heel to toe: Police officers use the heel to toe field sobriety test in order to determine
if a driver is intoxicated. The officer will ask the driver to picture
an imaginary line and then take heel to heel steps while counting out
loud and making occasional turns.
One leg stand: The one leg stand, similar to the heel to toe, is where the police officer
will ask you to raise one leg six inches from the ground while keeping
both legs straight.
Issues with Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests were created to determine if a person has been driving
under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, there are other physical
conditions that may negatively affect your performance on these tests
regardless of whether you have consumed alcohol or not, such as illnesses
and specific medical conditions.
One major defense strategy for DUI charges in Everett involves questioning
the manner in which the police officer administered a field sobriety test.
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As a driver, you should keep in mind that you are not required to take
these tests and it may be in your best interest to respectfully decline
a field sobriety test. The only tests that you are actually required to
take are the evidential chemical tests that are administered at the jail,
hospital, or police station.
At the office of Thomas J. Cunnane, Inc., we understand the unstable nature
of field sobriety tests. We are familiar with the strategies for challenging
the accuracy of these tests.
Don't hesitate to call an Snohomish County DUI defense lawyer from
our firm at (425) 559-7970 to talk about your case during a
free initial consultation.