Field Sobriety Tests
In building your drunk driving defense, field sobriety testing can play a big role. At the law firm of Curcillo Law, we can help you understand the meaning of these tests and how they can affect your case.
Our drunk driving defense practice is led by Joseph A. Curcillo III who has more than 25 years of experience handling criminal defense cases. More than 10 of those years were spent as a prosecutor. He knows how the prosecution and law enforcement will use field sobriety tests to build their case against you. As a Pennsylvania DUI lawyer challenging field sobriety tests, he will use his experience to defend you from your charges.
Email us or call us at 717-264-4200 to get our skilled Harrisburg lawyers on your side.
Types of Field Sobriety Tests
While courts often do not recognize field sobriety tests as conclusive evidence of intoxication, law enforcement officers use these tests to determine if they should arrest you and test your blood and breath for alcohol. At our firm, we have in-depth knowledge of the procedures used by law enforcement to conduct all types of field sobriety tests, including:
- Portable breath test (PBT) — This on-scene breath test can be inaccurate, but officers often use the portable breath test to see if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above .08.
- Horizontal nystagmus test — When a police officer has you follow his or her finger with your eyes, the officer is looking for involuntary eye movement or jerking. Often, this can be a sign that you have had too much alcohol. In some cases though, other factors can result in this involuntary movement.
- Walk and turn — During this test the officer is looking to see how well you follow directions, your stability and your ability to handle multiple tasks at once. However, in addition to intoxication, age, weather conditions and a number of other factors can lead to a failed walk and turn test.
- One leg stand — During this test an officer may have you raise one foot above the ground with your arms at your side for a period of time. While the officer is looking at your balance and a number of other factors, your ability to perform this test could also be affected by your age, weight or a medical condition such as an inner ear problem or leg injury.
- Finger and nose test — This test should no longer be used by law enforcement. If you did the finger and nose test for law enforcement, we can help you challenge your arrest.
Contact a Field Sobriety Test Attorney for Dauphin and Franklin Counties and Surrounding Areas
From our office in Harrisburg, we will thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to your DUI arrest and illegal stop. Email us or call us at 717-651-9100.