How Many Field Sobriety Tests Georgia is Required?
Three field sobriety tests have been developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which allegedly can establish alcohol impairment. They only find evidence of inability to perform, without questioning other factors that might be affecting the driver’s capacity at that time.
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test: Police will ask you to track with your eyes the movement of a pen or finger. Police are looking for jerky movements, in all 6 potential signs of intoxication. However, even caffeine or aspirin might cause the same eye reactions.
Walk and Turn Test: Police will ask you to walk nine steps, heel to toe, looking for imbalance, failure to keep walking in a straight line, and use of arms to maintain balance.
One Leg Test: Police will ask you to stand with one foot held 6 inches off the ground while counting out loud. Again, officers are looking for signs of imbalance, inability to keep your foot off the ground, use of arms to maintain balance, and swaying or hopping.
None of these tests are objective evidence of insobriety. These tests are subjective and a skilled and competent sobriety test lawyer will fight to keep these results out of evidence, as a way of narrowing the prosecutor’s case.
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