Field Sobriety Testing in Pennsylvania
What Field Sobriety Tests Do Police Officers Perform?
If you have been pulled over in the state of Pennsylvania as a driver suspected of being impaired, you may be familiar with field sobriety testing. Law enforcement officers across our state have received specialized training to perform sobriety tests, however, we know that all tests performed may not have to be held up in court due to errors made or a lack of proper training.
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The research-based standardized field sobriety test (SFST) includes the following three specific evaluations:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) – HGN is the involuntary twitching or jerking movement of the eye that occurs as the eyes look to one side or the other. A person impaired by the use of alcohol shows signs of exaggerated nystagmus in four or more specific ways.
- Walk and Turn (WAT) – If a person is impaired, he or she may have difficulty with tasks that use simple mental and physical exercises. In the walk and turn test, the suspected impaired driver is evaluated on eight indicators of impairment during a simple test.
- One- Leg Stand (OLS) – In the one-leg stand test, an officer times the suspect standing with his or her foot about 6 inches off the ground for 30 seconds while looking for four indicators of impairment.
If you suspect that your test or the results may be invalid, it is critical to retain the skilled help of Philadelphia DUI defense attorney Lloyd Long as soon as possible.
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Our experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyers have handled thousands of cases, including many involving field sobriety tests. We may be able to challenge the results of the tests performed on you, which could prevent the results being used against you in court. When you retain our firm, we will work directly with you to not only educate you on the legalities of your case, but we will advocate for your rights in and out of the courtroom. We are proud to serve Philadelphia County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, and Chester County.
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