Field Sobriety Tests are making news in DeKalb County. Channel 2 Action News investigated the standard field sobriety tests that DeKalb County DUI officers administer to those suspected of DUI. Typically, a Dekalb area motorist is stopped by a DUI officer for a traffic violation. Then an investigation begins and the DeKalb DUI officer asks the driver to step out of the vehicle and tells them that they want to make sure they are safe to drive. They ask to administer field sobriety tests. Many DeKalb, GA drivers say yes. You have likley seen people taking tests on the side of the road late at night. You may have even had to undergo them yourself. You were likely nervous, but nerves and anxiety are overlooked by zealous DUI officers. These tests are designed to fail - you are asked to take heel to toe steps and stand on one foot - tasks that are difficult for many people under the best conditions. Later, these test results will be used against you in a DUI prosecution.
If you have been arrested for a DeKalb DUI, call DeKalb DUI lawyer Richard Lawson for a case consult. He can answer your questions about field sobriety tests, breath tests, and DUI defenses and consequences.