I’ve successfully defended and prosecuted 100s of DWI cases along with reviewing videos containing the standardized field sobriety tests. Although I have been highly trained to carefully analyze how police officers conduct the administration of the tests and how individuals perform, I’m dedicated to continuously increase my knowledge to defend my clients to the fullest. So I felt it was necessary to obtain the exact same training that police officers receive to be the best Criminal Defense Attorney. After taking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner Course, I have greater awareness of the science (and the accompanying alleged “studies”) and weaknesses behind testing instructions and administration.
This course is the same course police officers are required to pass in order to conduct field sobriety tests on individuals along the roadside. Some of the main points that I’ve taken away from the course is: the main focus should be not the field sobriety tests themselves, as the cops love to focus on ignoring the normal behavior you display. The totality of the circumstances should be the actual focus such as: how and why you were pulled over, your reactions to the officer, answers to questions asked by officers, how you were driving are also apart of the determination of whether your facilities were impaired. Thus, the roadside gymnastics are only part of the whole picture. I use the word “gymnastics” because the testing is not how people actually stand or walk, sober or otherwise. Have you ever seen someone walking on the sidewalk with the arms down to their side, while having each step touching heel to toe? It is an abnormal way to test if someone is “normal.”
Remember if you are pulled over and asked to perform the standardized field sobriety tests, you have the right to refuse the test. If you have been arrested and are looking for an experienced DWI Attorney that understands the testing contact me today.