What is a Field Sobriety Test?
Our experienced Ponca City, OK DUI attorneys explain three common types of field sobriety tests that officers may conduct if you are pulled over.
Getting pulled over under suspicion that you are driving under the influence is a frightening experience. In addition to facing heavy fines, the loss of your driving privileges, and a potential jail sentence, these charges could result in a criminal record that could haunt you for years into the future. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need when facing these charges.
As experienced Ponca City DUI attorneys, we defend your rights and help you avoid a conviction. This includes disputing evidence against you, such as field sobriety tests.
Field Sobriety Testing to Determine if a Driver is Under the Influence
Under the Oklahoma Statutes (47 O.S. § 11-902), driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious crime. If an officer suspects you are impaired, it gives them a reason to pull you over and conduct further testing. Prior to conducting a breathalyzer or blood testing to determine if your blood alcohol content (BAC) level registers at 0.08% or greater, officers are likely to first conduct field sobriety testing.
At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, among the ways our Ponca City DUI attorneys defend clients is by disputing reasons for your traffic stop and the results of any testing conducted. There are three common types of field sobriety tests that are typically used:
- The Walk and Turn: One of the first tests officers learn as part of their Oklahoma Alcohol and Drug Training is the walk and turn. You have likely seen this in movies or on television shows. The officer makes the driver walk heel to toe along a real or imagined line. If the driver is unable to walk straight or follow the instructions, additional DUI testing will likely be required.
- The One Leg Stand: As the name implies, this involves standing with one foot on the ground while you raise the other six inches. You will generally be asked to maintain the position, counting down the seconds. Losing your balance or having problems keeping count indicates you may be under the influence.
- The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test: This is another common test people are often familiar with due to television shows. It is designed to test the drivers manual dexterity and vision, two functions frequently impaired by alcohol use. The officer places a finger in front of your eyes and moves it in a horizontal direction. There is a jerking motion the eyes typically make in this situation, known as nystagmus. If you are under the influence, it will be more pronounced.
Contact Our Ponca City DUI Attorneys Today
If you have filed a field sobriety test or otherwise been charged with driving under the influence, you can trust Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to provide the aggressive legal representation you need. We can help you avoid the penalties associated with a DUI conviction. To request a consultation, contact our Ponca City DUI attorneys today.