Statesboro DUI lawyer Matt Hube has defended many people that have been charged with a DUI in Georgia. Of the standardized Field Sobriety Tests, the Walk and Turn test may have been asked of you by the officer who arrested you. Matt Hube is trained extensively in Field Sobriety Tests and can help defend you against a Georgia DUI charge.
The Walk and Turn (WAT) test was developed to test whether or not you can manage a physical task and mental task at the same time. While you are performing the actions of the test, the police officer will be looking for any of the following eight clues that lead him or her to believe you might be impaired:
1. Can’t balance during instructions
2. Starts too soon
3. Stops while walking
4. Doesn’t touch heel to toe
5. Steps off the line
6. Uses arms for balance
7. Improper turn (or loses balance on turn)
8. Wrong number of steps
If an officer observes two or more validated clues, it means that they believe, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that you have a BAC level of .08 or higher, with a 79% accuracy rate. These studies, though, can be defended against. The percentages provided by the NHTSA were never peer reviewed by scientists in the field and the original research is unavailable. That is why Matt Hube, Statesboro DUI lawyer, can’t challenge the validity of the research.
Even though the research can not be challenged directly, Statesboro DUI lawyer Matt Hube can defend you in a number of ways against the Walk and Turn test, including, but not limited to: head tramua that can affect balance; improper instructions based on protocol; medical conditions with the back, hips, neck, knees, or ankles; incorrect scoring by the police officer; distractions, like passing traffic; weather conditions; improper environment for testing; the officer moving during the test; being overweight more than 50 pounds; and many others.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Georgia, call Statesboro DUI lawyer Matt Hube immediately to review your case. To maintain your driver’s license, it is imperative that you call today to challenge the charges against you.