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DUI Checkpoints and Your Job: What You Need To Know

It can happen to anyone: You have a few beers or drinks with some friends, and suddenly it's later than you planned and you've got to figure out how you'll get home. You think you're fine to drive, and you're going down the highway without any issues. Suddenly, you see flashing lights ahead of you - it's a DUI checkpoint.

Know what to consider as a DUI defense strategy

Field sobriety tests are touted as being consistent indicators of intoxication. However, as we discussed in a previous blog post, there are some reasons why these tests might not be accurate. This is something that you might be able to call into question when you are facing a drunk driving charge.

Physical and mental conditions can impact field sobriety tests

Many police departments rely on the standardized field sobriety test to make a preliminary determination about a driver's sobriety. This is something that can be a very bad situation for some people, including those who have conditions that preclude them from being able to get an accurate test result.

Defense options based on field sobriety test interpretations

As we discussed previously, standardized field sobriety tests encompass three components. One of these is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. In this test, the officer looks at how the person's eyes track an object. Because the test is based on subjective interpretation, there might be issues with the final result that is noted for the test.

The horizontal gaze nystagmus test is used in DUI stops

When you are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving, you might be asked to complete a field sobriety test. The standardized version of this test includes three components. One of the components is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. This test uses the movements of your eyes to clue the officer conducting the test into whether you are intoxicated or not.

Know what matters (besides a Breathalyzer) in a DUI case

People sometimes think that if they "pass" a Breathalyzer test, they won't have to face criminal charges for drinking and driving. This isn't the case at all. It is sometimes possible to face drunk driving charges even if your blood alcohol concentration is lower than the .08 percent legal limit when you take the breath test.

Traffic stops can sometimes lead to drunk driving charges

Field sobriety tests are one thing that a person who is driving drunk might think they can handle; however, police officers are trained to detect signs of impairment during these tests. Knowing what police officers look for during the field sobriety test, as well as during other points in the traffic stop, might help you if you are facing the prospect of having to go through a drunk driving stop.

We can help you find out defense options for a DUI

Field sobriety tests are one of the tools that law enforcement officers have to try to determine if a driver is intoxicated. As we discussed last week, these tests are fairly subjective and can sometimes be the subject of debate. We know that if you are facing drunk driving charges, you might want to find every possible way that you can to fight against the charges. We are here to help you evaluate your case and find out what options you have.

Know the components of a field sobriety test

A police officer who stops you for the suspicion of drunk driving will have to try to ascertain if you are actually impaired. This can be rather complicated because some of the testing that must be done is subjective. Field sobriety tests can fall under this subjective label because the results are based solely on the interpretation of the results as noted by the officer.

Field sobriety tests can produce false positive results

Taking a field sobriety test is one thing that police officers can ask drivers to do if they think a driver is drunk. The test, which is actually a battery of multiple tests, is supposed to clue the officer into whether the person is intoxicated. The issue here is that the tests aren't always accurate.

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