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Tag Archives: Field Sobriety Tests

How reliable is the walk-and-turn test?

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

If you’re pulled over for a traffic stop and the officer suspects that you’ve been drinking, you’ll likely be asked to take a variety of roadside sobriety tests. One of these is called the walk-and-turn (WAT) test — which requires you to walk a straight line, heels touching toes, and turn without losing your… Read More »

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What are the 3 field sobriety tests sanctioned by the NHTSA?

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Police or patrol officers often use formal and informal field sobriety tests to help them determine if the driver of a motor vehicle is impaired. The Breathalyzer is a formal test that measures the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath. In Maryland, a person who registers over the legal limit of .08 blood… Read More »

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Questions about a field sobriety test might occur in a DUI case

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

In our previous post, we discussed some of the common field sobriety tests that police officers use when they stop someone for the suspicion of drunk driving. The issue with those tests is that the validity of them can come into question. Think about it. What if the person taking the test had a… Read More »

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What are the different standardized field sobriety tests?

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Like other states, Maryland has a low tolerance for driving under the influence. Those who are stopped on suspicion of driving drunk will likely have to perform one or more field sobriety tests to prove that they are sober enough to drive safely. The police rely on sobriety tests to confirm their suspicions about… Read More »

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Calling field sobriety tests into question for a DUI defense

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

In a recent blog post, we discussed how field sobriety tests can often produce incorrect results. If you recall, we touched on how these tests sometimes indicate that drivers are intoxicated when they aren’t. That point alone might be crucial in your drunk driving criminal defense. We know that you might feel like your… Read More »

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Field sobriety tests can indicate intoxication in sober drivers

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

When you are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving, you might be asked to complete a field sobriety test. If you aren’t intoxicated, taking the test might seem like a no-brainer. That isn’t the case. In at least one-third of field sobriety tests performed on sober individuals, the test indicated the person… Read More »

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What field sobriety tests are most common?

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

You’ve likely seen a movie in which someone stopped by police for drinking and driving is asked to touch his or her nose with a fingertip, recite the alphabet backwards or simply count the number of fingers the officer holds up. These field sobriety tests are not as common as you might think, though…. Read More »

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What are police looking for in field sobriety tests?

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

“Have you been drinking?” It’s certainly not a question anyone wants to answer when asked by a police officer? The officer may also ask that you perform field sobriety tests so that he or she can make a determination as to whether or not you were driving while impaired or intoxicated. What is the… Read More »

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What is implied consent?

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

If you are a licensed driver in the state of Maryland, you should be aware of the concept of implied consent. What implied consent means is that all drivers by virtue of being granted a license have given their consent to be tested for alcohol or drugs. If you are reasonably suspected by the… Read More »

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Challenging field sobriety tests is possible

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

When you face a drunk driving charge in Maryland, you are facing the possibility of harsh criminal penalties. These penalties can affect your freedom, your finances and your life. If you are facing drunk driving charges, you should work to understand the possible defense options that might apply to your case. Field sobriety tests… Read More »

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