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Thursday, January 16, 2020

An Overview of Field Sobriety Tests in Georgia

Police officers in Georgia use field sobriety tests to determine the intoxication levels of drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These tests are administered roadside, and most drivers feel compelled to complete them when requested by an officer. In the article below, we discuss the types of field sobriety tests administered by police officers in Georgia and what happens when drivers refuse such tests. If you have additional questions about field sobriety tests in Georgia, please feel free to contact our experienced Georgia DUI attorneys.

Types of Georgia Field Sobriety Tests

  • One-Leg-Stand – This test requires a DUI suspect to stand on one leg. The failure to do so successfully can result in a DUI charge. However, this test fails to account for people who have poor balance.
  • Walk-And-Turn – This test requires the suspect to take 10 steps forward and 10 steps back. During the test, the administering officer checks to see if the driver is following directions and able to walk without tripping or swaying. However, like the one-leg-stand test, the walk-and-turn test fails to consider that some people have conditions that cause imbalance.
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) – The HGN test requires the suspect to follow an object with his or her eyes while the officer observes for certain intoxication indicators. Legal prescription drug use and other medical conditions, however, can mimic intoxication, and this often results in innocent people being charged with DUI.
  • Romberg Test – This test requires the suspect to stand up, look to the sky, and extend his or her arms out to the side. The suspect must then estimate the passage of 30 seconds. During the test, the police officer observes the suspect for the inability to estimate the passage of time, eyelid tremors, and difficulty balancing.
  • Additional tests – Additional tests include counting backwards, reciting the alphabet, and performing the finger-to-nose test. In order to perform the finger-to-nose test, the suspect extends each arm and touches the tip of his or her nose. Missing the tip of the nose or failing to count or recite the alphabet correctly may result in further testing or DUI charges.

Field Sobriety Test Refusal in Georgia

Field sobriety tests in Georgia are completely voluntary and there is no penalty for not taking them. However, people often take them anyway, and they sometimes pay the price for doing so. Generally speaking, these tests are designed to make suspects fail, and our Georgia DUI attorney understands their flaws and how to dispute their accuracy in court.

Are you facing a DUI charge? Hire a DUI attorney!

If you are the victim of a field sobriety test in Georgia, you need an attorney on your side. By hiring the experienced attorneys of Carter Pilgrim to represent you in your DUI case, you can rest assured that your future is in good hands. We specialize in DUI law and have an impressive track record of DUI defense success. While we are well known for our courtroom success, we also have a track record of obtaining favorable plea bargains and dismissals with our strong negotiation tactics. If you've been arrested for DUI in Georgia, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.


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