Field Sobriety Tests
Arrested for Drunk Driving? Our Tulsa DUI Attorneys Can Help.
Being pulled over for drinking and driving can be a frightening experience, especially if it is your first offense. You have questions about your rights, what is at stake, and how you should proceed. Our Tulsa DUI and field sobriety test attorneys provide you with the informative advice and counsel you need to make important decisions about your case and about your future. Representing clients in DUI cases since 1985, the law firm of Taylor Ryan, is committed to minimizing the damage a DUI arrest can have on your driver's license, your record, and your future.
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When you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, the officer's first objective is to make observations of you in your vehicle. If suspicion is raised, you may be asked to participate in a series of field sobriety tests and/or a roadside breath test to determine if you are under the influence.
While there are many different types of field sobriety tests, there are three standardized field sobriety tests that are used most commonly by law enforcement:
Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN): The HGN test allows the officer to recognize involuntary jerking in the eyes that becomes more apparent when an individual is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Most commonly, the involuntary jerking is assessed when asking the individual to follow a pen or other object with his or her eyes without moving the head.
Walk-and-turn: The walk-and-turn test allows the officer to assess your ability to listen to instructions while keeping your balance in an awkward position (heel to toe with arms out to the side), and follow those instructions. Officers will look for inability to maintain balance while listening to instructions, inability to walk heel-to-toe, inability to walk without using your arms for balance, inability to turn properly, and other indications of intoxication.
One-leg stand: The one-leg stand test allows the officer to assess your ability to listen to instructions while standing as directed and then follow the instructions — standing with one leg raised approximately six inches off of the ground, looking at your toes, and counting as directed. Officers will look for swaying, hopping, putting your foot down, or using your arms for balance.
Other non-standardized roadside tests are sometimes used by officers, such as counting backwards or saying the alphabet. Failure of the field sobriety test or the roadside breath test will result in your arrest. Once at the police station, you may be requested to submit to the official Breathalyzer test or to a urine test or blood test.
Build Your DUI Defense
Our Tulsa criminal defense lawyers are experienced handling all levels of DUI/DWI charges. We utilize our depth of experience handling DUI and other criminal charges to build a solid defense strategy based upon your unique case. We understand that field sobriety tests are subjective and are not always a reliable source of detecting intoxication, especially if the test is not administered properly. In many situations, non-intoxicated individuals may have difficulty passing one of the standardized field sobriety tests.
Given the nature of field sobriety tests and the DUI penalties at stake, it is vital to have an experienced attorney who knows how to challenge the evidence and present the strongest defense strategy possible.
Questions about your charges or your DUI defense? We are prepared to answer your questions, thoroughly explore your defense options, and provide straightforward advice about your case.
We understand that you have questions. You may be unsure about whether a lawyer is right for you. We are here to help you find answers. Located in downtown Tulsa, our offices are open weekdays from nine to five. We also offer evening and weekend consultations by appointment. Contact us today to find out more.