New Jersey DUI Attorneys
We Protect Your Rights After A Failed Field Sobriety Test
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is one of the most common violations that many people commit each year. Statistics indicate that more than one million people are arrested for DUI each year. A DUI conviction on your record can negatively impact both your personal and professional life. Multiple convictions can lead to lengthy jail sentences, hefty fines and loss of your driving privileges. At Lomurro Law, our New Jersey DUI lawyers have extensive experience defending clients against drunk driving charges. After an arrest, you need an aggressive advocate on your side to make sure your voice is heard and to resolve your case swiftly and favorably.
Field Sobriety Tests Are Permissible In New Jersey But Are Often Proven Unreliable
A field sobriety test (FST) is one of the most common methods employed by law enforcement to support an arrest for DUI. New Jersey law permits the use of FSTs but they must be performed properly to hold up in court. In many cases, the police report indicates just how poorly the FST was administered and the court can invalidate the test altogether. There are three different tests that may be employed as part of a Standardized FST including:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) – A driver may be asked to focus on an object that moves from side to side as the officer observes whether the person’s eyes jerk back and forth involuntarily.
- Walk and turn – A driver may be asked to walk in a straight line using heel-to-toe steps and then turn on one foot and walk back along the same line.
- One leg stand – A driver may be asked to stand with one foot raised off the ground while counting for 30 seconds.
While these three tests are commonly used, there are many different factors that can impact the results that are completely unrelated to drug or alcohol impairment. A driver may have a medical condition that prevents them from successfully completing these tasks. The environment in which the test is performed may also give a false positive result. Simply “failing” a field sobriety test is insufficient to support a conviction for DUI and, in some cases, a positive FST may not even be used as circumstantial evidence to support a charge. Our highly skilled DUI attorneys have helped numerous clients successfully overcome a failed FST and achieve a positive resolution.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late To Get The Help You Need, Contact A Team Of New Jersey DUI Attorneys With A Successful Track Record Of Defeating Field Sobriety Tests
Simply failing a field sobriety test does not mean you are out of options. At Lomurro Law, our dedicated New Jersey DUI attorneys are ready to fight for you. We take the time to develop a strong legal strategy to help you get the best possible results. To schedule an appointment and discuss your options, call 732-482-9285 or send a confidential email.