Field Sobriety Tests (FST's)
If you have been arrested for DUI in Georgia, you were probably asked to perform field sobriety tests also known as FST’s. These so called tests are supposed to help the officer decide if someone is at or over the legal limit. However, if these tests are not performed properly, the results are questionable.
The three standardized evaluations are:
- One leg stand
- 9 step walk and turn
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN)
It is important to know that these tests are 100% voluntary. Just as you have the right to remain silent and not make any statements regarding the consumption of alcohol, you are not required to perform these evaluations. When arrested for DUI in Georgia, you need to understand your rights. DUI arrests
A fourth test, the hand held portable breath test is also 100% voluntary.
Even if performed properly, FST’s are not 100% accurate. For example a properly administered HGN test is reliable 77% of the time. That means that 23 out of 100 subjects who allegedly fail this test may not be over the legal limit.
Thomas C. Nagel is an Atlanta DUI and Criminal Defense lawyer who has represented people charged with DUI and criminal offenses for over 25 years. Mr. Nagel will challenge the field sobriety evaluations in your case by questioning the police officer as to his methods and experience which can call the officer’s conclusions into question.
If you have been arrested for DUI, you need to get started preparing immediately to achieve the best possible result in your case.
Regardless of how bad you think your case is, BEFORE you face the judge, call Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney Thomas C. Nagel now at 404-255-1600 to schedule your free consultation.