Morrow DUI Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, do not wait another minute! You did an experienced DUI Attorney in Morrow immediately to step in and protect your rights. The Law Office of Richard S. Lawson is one of the leading Georgia DUI law firms. With over 25 years of experience and over 5,000 cases handled, we have the expertise you need to achieve a successful outcome.
Field Sobriety Testing and DUI Charges
When you are pulled over on suspicion for DUI, it is likely that you will be asked to step out of your vehicle and perform field sobriety tests. These tests are standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which means that they are the same no matter where you are pulled over.
The most important thing is that you DO NOT have to submit to field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests are given to prove whether or not you are too impaired to drive. Even if you “pass” the tests, you could still be charged with DUI in Morrow. Additionally, the officer who pulled you over is not required to tell you that you can refuse the tests.
There are three different types of field sobriety tests. They include:
- Horizontal Gaze Nsytagums (HGN). The HGM test is where the officer shines a light in your eye, or asks you to follow a pen or their finger as it's moved from side to side. This test is considered to be the most accurate of the tests because the movement of your eyeballs is involuntary.
- Walk and Turn (WAT). As expected, the officer will ask you to walk heel to toe in a straight line for nine steps. Then, you will be asked to turn and walk back. During this test, the officer is evaluating your balance as well as your ability to multi-task.
- One Leg Stand (OLS). In this test, the officer will ask you to stand and hold one foot up off the ground in front of you for about 30 seconds. This is also a balance test.
For each of these tests, the officer is looking for certain signs that indicate whether a person is impaired. If the officer sees these signs, they will use these factors as evidence that you are DUI.
One of the glaring issues with these tests is that a person could perform poorly on these tests without being impaired. There are a number of contributing factors that could result in a person showing signs of intoxication. For example: if you are overweight, it is often difficult to perform the walk and turn test. Furthermore, walking in a straight line can be difficult while sober. When you add in the stress and nerves that go along with being pulled over, and the possibility that it is already dark outside, that could cause you to perform poorly even though you aren't under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Our DUI Attorneys in Morrow have had decades of experience fighting the results of field sobriety tests. We know exactly how officers are supposed to administer these tests, and we know how to fight against their results. Because we have defended DUI drivers for over 25 years, we know Georgia DUI laws, and we know how to make those laws work in your favor.
Morrow Municipal Court
The Municipal Court of Morrow handles traffic violations, city ordinance violations, and other misdemeanors, including DUI and shoplifting, that occur within Morrow city limits. Judge Crandle Bray is the Judge of Morrow Municipal Court. The Court is located at 1500 Morrow Road, Morrow, GA 30260. For more information, contact 770-960-3012.
Contact Our DUI Attorneys in Morrow Today
Contact our reliable and dedicated Morrow DUI Lawyers today. Thousands of people have relied on our lawyers to protect their interests and we can do the same for you! They know how to aggressively pursue justice on your behalf and protect your future. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation.