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Challenging Field Sobriety Tests

The consequences of a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) will affect your life for years. You can lose your driver’s license, pay steep fines and face jail time.

A Legal Challenge Is Possible

You have the right to contest the charge against you. The Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, PA, can help. Our attorneys are experienced with DUI/DWI defense, including challenging the admissibility of field sobriety test results. To speak with our lawyers about challenging a Maryland field sobriety test, contact us online or by phone at 800-266-8151. We offer free consultations at our offices in Glen Burnie and Columbia.

Did the Results Mean Anything?

DUI/DWI defense can turn on determining the validity of the arrest and the evidence gathered. In most cases, this includes Breathalyzer tests, blood tests and field sobriety tests. If these tests have been performed incorrectly, the results may be suppressed.

If you were pulled over for drunk driving, you may have been given field sobriety tests such as:

  • Alphabet test
  • Standing on one foot and counting
  • Touching a finger to your nose
  • Heel-to-toe test (walking a straight line)
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test (following an object with your eyes)

These tests are notoriously unreliable and are often given under poor conditions. We will investigate the circumstances of any field tests you were given, including whether they were conducted on a flat or sloped surface, in inclement weather and whether the officer asked you if you had a physical disability.

After we examine how the tests were administered, we will determine if the results are admissible. If they are not, we will argue for the evidence to be suppressed and, when appropriate, for a reduction or dismissal of the charges.

Arrested for DUI/DWI? Call Us.

It is possible to challenge a field sobriety test. For a free consultation with experienced, effective DUI attorneys, send us an email or call 800-266-8151 today.

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