Walk-and-Turn in Phoenix DUI
Phoenix DUI Attorney
Police officers and state troopers in Phoenix use a battery of field sobriety tests in most DUI traffic stops, to determine whether the suspect is under the influence of alcohol. The tests were issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1981 as a way of standardizing DUI investigations, and while they may have some validity, they are still subject to error. If you have been arrested after failing the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, the One-Leg Stand or the Walk-and-Turn, you need a Phoenix DUI attorney who knows how to effectively challenge the evidence to defend your rights.
The team at the Knowles Law Firm includes a former police officer and a former Arizona Vehicular Crimes prosecutor, and they have an extensive understanding of how these tests are administered. They know how to exploit the tests' weaknesses, and will investigate every aspect of your arrest to develop a strategy for your defense. When you face the possibility of severe DUI penalties including a driver's license suspension, fines and jail time, don't take any chances with the outcome of your case—contact the firm for help.
Walk-and-Turn Test in Phoenix DUI Investigations
The NHTSA describes the Walk-and-Turn as a divided attention test which should be easily performed by a sober person. It requires the suspect to take nine steps in a straight line, heel-to-toe, followed by turning on one foot and walking in the opposite direction. The officer scrutinizes the suspect for signs of intoxication, such as struggling or using the arms to balance, taking extra steps, weaving from a straight line and even starting to execute the directions before the police officer has finished speaking. An attorney from the firm may be able to undermine the test results by demonstrating that conditions such as inappropriate footwear, back or knee problems, difficulty with physical coordination or nervousness may have prejudiced the test against you. The team at the firm is on your side, and will fight to clear your name of the charges.
Contact a Phoenix DUI lawyer from the firm today for a confidential consultation about the charges you face and to allow them to begin work on your defense.