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Gwinnett County DUI Accident Attorney I Chemical and Field Sobriety Tests Explained

Sugar Hill DUI Accident Attorney Shane Smith Explains How Law Enforcement Determines Sobriety

For more than 4 decades, law enforcement officials have used many standardized tests to determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol. Standardized test have been developed and used in the field because this keeps things uniform for both officers administering them and for suspected drunk drivers attempting to follow them. Standardized tests are also put in please because sober drivers can do them with virtually no thinking – if a driver fails a test, then a police officer can charge an intoxicated driver with a high level of confidence.

What are the Three Types of Standardized Tests?

When a law enforcement officer pulls someone over suspected of drunk driving, the three tests administered include:  the Walk and Turn, the Horizontal Gaze and the One Leg Stand.

The Walk and Turn is where you are required to walk in a straight line and then return to where you began.

The Horizontal Gaze test is when an officer asks you to follow his or her finger with your eyes.

The One Leg Stand is when someone suspected of driving drunk is required to stand on a single leg for a define period of time. 

Based on the performance of one or all tests observed by a law enforcement officer, a determination will be made if the operator is in fact driving under the influence of alcohol.

What Legal Options are Available If You are a Victim of a Drunk Driver?

If you are a victim of drunk driving and have suffered physical and emotional injuries, contact a Georgia DUI accident attorney. If you have been contacted by an insurance company or legal representative for the guilty party, you might be asked to settle for what they believe are your “minor” injuries. Before you speak with any third parties connected with the guilty party, speak with a Gwinnett County DUI accident attorney to make sure you understand all of your legal rights. Call (770) 487-8999 to schedule a free consultation to have your accident circumstance evaluated.

While there are manual methods to determine sobriety, modern technology has provided law enforcement with the ability to measure a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level. Also known as a chemical test, law enforcement can determine one’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level through a breathalyzer, blood or urine test. Since technology and science is more precise than the field tests discussed earlier, if one or more field tests are failed, a chemical test will be used to verify a driver’s level of intoxication. If an operator has registered a 0.08 BAC level, then the operator is considered legally drunk and will be appropriately charged.

If you are injured, physically or emotionally, due to the negligence of a drunk driver, you might have a legal claim against the guilty party. In order to accurately determine all of the facts and what damages you might have the ability to collect, talking with a Gwinnett County DUI accident attorney will help you sort things out. Pick up the phone and dial (888) 927-6955 to see what your legal rights are today!


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia