Challenging Sobriety Tests
Call Our Cherry Hill DWI Attorney Today
During a DWI arrest, police will often employ one or more “field
sobriety tests,” which are essentially coordination exercises. In
theory, these tests are designed to help the officer determine whether
or not someone is impaired. In reality, these tests are wildly inconsistent,
inaccurate, and are rarely administered in the proper way.
If you’ve been arrested for DWI, our Cherry Hill DWI lawyer can help
defend you by picking apart the results of your field sobriety and / or
blood or breath tests. When you retain the Law Offices of Christopher
L. Baxter, we will create a comprehensive defense strategy that is designed
to minimize your penalties, or get your charges dismissed altogether.
Attorney Baxter has handled more than 3,200 DWI cases over the last 25
years, and has been named a Top DWI Attorney since 2009.
When you need aggressive defense against DWI charges, call our firm at
The Eye Test: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
One of the most commonly administered sobriety tests is the horizontal
gaze nystagmus test. When this test is administered, you will be required
to hold your head still while the police officer holds a stimulus in front
of your eyes (usually a flashlight or pen). They will then move the stimulus
back and forth, and monitor your eyes for signs of nystagmus, a condition
which essentially makes the eyes perform uncontrolled or “choppy”
This is one of the most notoriously inaccurate tests, as many other conditions
can cause nystagmus, including:
- Congenital or development issue
- Nearsightedness or astigmatism
- Nervous system diseases
The Romberg Test
This common field sobriety test is used to test your balance and proprioception.
Due to inconsistencies in how this test is administered, the results can
be extremely unreliable. There are also a number of other conditions,
besides being drunk, that could cause you to perform poorly on this test.
The Romberg test involves you standing straight and still with your eyes
closed, while the officer monitors you for any signs of swaying or inability
to stand still. In most cases, an experienced Cherry Hill DWI attorney
can quickly call the results of this test into question.
Walking a Straight Line
When most people think of field sobriety tests, they picture a person attempting
to walk a straight line. This test is designed to check for a lack of
balance or coordination, but is not without its faults. In many cases,
sloped or uneven pavement can cause poor results. Inconsistencies with
how this test is administered can usually weaken its effectiveness in court.
Facing DWI Charges? Call 856-235-9881 Today.
If you’re charged with DWI, you need tough, aggressive defense. While
many law firms will take a DWI case, few of them have the knowledge and
experience to pick apart field sobriety tests and breathalyzer results.
At the Law Offices of Christopher L. Baxter, our attorney has extensively
studied field sobriety testing procedures, completed breathalyzer training
courses, and handled more than 3,200 DWI cases. This gives our firm a
unique understanding of DWI law and insight on how to look for weaknesses
in the prosecution’s case.
Don’t take chances with DWI charges. Call our experienced attorney
today for a free consultation.