New Hampshire Field Sobriety Test Lawyers
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State troopers and local police officers are all trained at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy. They are trained to administer several different field sobriety tests when they pull someone over for DUI/DWI. The officers and troopers are trained to administer during a DUI stop three types of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Our New Hampshire field sobriety test lawyers can represent your case and fight to prove you weren’t impaired. At Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, P.C., we put our clients first.
Field Sobriety Tests & Proceedings
The 3 SFSTs are:
- HGN – Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
- 9-step walk and turn
- One Leg Stand – OLS
If you were arrested for DUI, you probably had those 3 tests given to you in that order. The HGN is the eye test. With the HGN, the officer tries to see whether your eyeball starts to quiver before you move it all the way to one side. If it does, the officer will mark it a failure and use it as probable cause to support an arrest for DUI. The walk and turn and OLS tests are basically tests of balance and ability to follow instructions. If the officer believes you have failed one or more of these tests, he or she will either arrest you on the spot, offer you another physical test, or offer you a preliminary breath test at the roadside. If you fail twice, you will be arrested for DUI/DWI.
Of course, if you’ve been arrested after doing field sobriety tests, the officer will write in his report that you failed them. We often disagree with the officer’s conclusion and analyze their report so we can use it to demonstrate that you were not impaired. This is often where DUI trials are won.
If you’ve failed your sobriety tests, don’t worry. Call our New Hampshire field sobriety test attorneys now at (603) 288-1403.