What Happens In A Standardized Field Sobriety Test?
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 (SFSTs). 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 is that even people who are completely sober can easily fail these tests for a variety of reasons and usually do under most circumstances.
An Attorney Who Knows The SFST Training
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 and 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 exact same 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.
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.
Talk With A Lawyer Who Knows The System
Make sure you have a qualified and knowledgeable attorney review your case and explain your rights. I understand how the system works, and I will fight the results of your field sobriety test. Get started on your defense today by contacting Atwell Law, LLC online or calling 410-443-0403 for a consultation.