Field Sobriety Testing in Kansas City
Representing DUI Clients in Missouri and Kansas
If recently arrested for DUI based on the results of a field sobriety test,
it is highly advised that the accused individual contact a skilled
Kansas City DUI attorney. In many cases, these tests are inaccurate, but if a law enforcement official
believes that the individual was driving under the influence due to testing
results, such as the individual didn't walk, turn or count properly,
an arrest will take place. Kansas City DUI attorney, Charles Green, is
fully aware of all the flaws in field sobriety testing and administration
of these tests, and should review the evidence at once.
Why Hire a DUI Defense Attorney Right Away?
Being arrested for DUI in Missouri or Kansas, based on field sobriety tests or
breath and blood tests, can change the course of a person's life for many months or years.
It is common for DUI offenders to lose their driving privileges and be
charged fines and possibly given jail time. It is important to hire an
experienced lawyer immediately following the arrest in order to set up
a driver's license hearing, to take action to avoid driver's license suspension and get the license
reinstated, and to examine all of the case evidence in order to come up
with a strong defensive strategy.
What are Field Sobriety Tests and How Accurate Are They?
The testing methods that are used by officers give them an idea of whether
a person can safely operate a vehicle or not. If an officer feels that
an individual was driving under the influence, based on the results, they
have "probable cause" for an arrest. There are three commonly
used tests, approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), which are not 100% accurate. These NHTSA testing procedures have
been found to be less an accurate compared to actual BAC levels.
These are the most commonly administered field sobriety tests in Kansas
One Leg Stand (OLS) - Balancing test, considered to be only 65% accurate. Drivers are told
to stand on one leg, with their arms down at their sides for a period
of time and are graded on how well they do.
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) - Eye test, considered extremely inaccurate and only admissible in Missouri,
not Kansas. An officer will ask you to follow a pen or object with your eyes.
Walk and Turn (WAT) - Tests balance and ability to follow the officer's instructions at
the same time, basically requiring you to split the focus between the
two activities and considered to be only 65% accurate. Some are asked
to walk heel-to-toe, in a straight line for nine steps, then a 180 degree
turn, to walk the nine steps back to the starting point.
Gathering the Necessary Evidence to Protect Your Rights
These tests, while possibly giving an officer probably cause to arrest
a person they suspect of DUI, can be extremely inaccurate. It is vital
to the outcome of any DUI case, to have experienced representation to
expose the faulty testing administration or other physical reasons why
an individual could have failed, other than drunk driving. Kansas City
Charles Green, is prepared to fight for the rights of the accused and stand up to any
unfair or unjust actions brought against them.
Contact a Kansas City DUI lawyer
from the firm now, if a DUI arrest was based on field sobriety testing.