Learn About Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

In Maryland, if you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, the police officer will ask that you submit to a series of tests on the side of the road known as the standardized field sobriety tests (SFST). These three tests are:

  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus test
  • Walk and turn test
  • One leg stand test

Fail these tests and you will certainly be arrested. The problem with that: even people who are completely sober can easily fail these tests for a variety of reasons and usually do under most circumstances.

The police officer has been trained to administer these tests in a very specific manner and to look for certain clues to determine if the person taking the tests shows evidence of intoxication. You need a DUI lawyer who has the experience and training necessary to defend your rights. You need a DWI attorney who has been trained to know what the police are looking for, what they want to ignore and has the knowledge and skill necessary to defend you in court.

I am Easton Maryland DUI lawyer Ryan Atwell, and I received and successfully completed the same exact training in DWI Detection as the police officers and have been certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to administer the standardized field sobriety tests.

Certificate of Completion | This is to Certify that Ryan C. Atwell Has successfully completed   DWI Detection & Standardized Field Soberiety Testing

Certificate of Completion | This is to Certify that Ryan C. Atwell Has successfully completed   DWI Detection & Standardized Field Soberiety Testing

I know how the police officers are trained to prepare police reports to help maximize their efforts at prosecution. I also know what items they routinely leave out of those police reports that can help you in your defense.

Make sure you have a qualified and knowledgeable attorney review your case and explain your rights. Don't give up without a fight. Don't hire an attorney who will simply plead you guilty and cash your check without the proper investigation. Contact me, Cambridge DWI attorney Ryan Atwell for a consultation.