Field Sobriety Tests in Ohio
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Police officers throughout the state are tasked with performing field sobriety tests (FSTs) to determine whether a driver may be operating their vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Though these tests seem effective in theory, they are actually subjective and often unreliable. In fact, FSTs are administered not to prove that a driver is impaired but to help officers gather evidence against a suspected drunk driver.
At DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder, our OVI defense lawyers in Akron represent individuals who have been arrested after completing FSTs. We also defend individuals who exercised their right to refuse a field sobriety test. You can count on our team to fight for you every step of the way.
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Types of Field Sobriety Tests in Ohio
Law enforcement officials and police officers in Ohio generally conduct one or more of three common field sobriety tests. These FSTs are intended to assess the degree of a driver’s impairment. The results of a field sobriety test can and will be used as evidence against you if the officer arrests you and you are charged with OVI.
The three FSTs include the:
- Horizontal gaze nystagmus test: When administering this test, the officer will ask the suspect to follow the movement of a stimulus, usually a pen or the officer’s fingertip. The officer will observe the suspect’s eyes to check for involuntary jerking.
- Walk and turn test: In this test, the suspect will be asked to walk heel-to-toe in a perfectly straight line, pivot, and do it again.
- One leg stand test: After the officer explains the instructions of this test, the suspect will be asked to stand on one leg while raising the other approximately six inches off the ground. The suspect will also be asked to count in thousands while looking at their foot with their hands at their sides.
We Are Ready to Fight for You
Our OVI lawyers at DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder are extremely familiar with the field sobriety tests that Ohio law enforcement officials use to gather evidence against suspects. The unfortunate reality is that many of these tests are flawed for a variety of reasons.
We may be able to defend you by arguing that:
- The officer did not administer the test properly
- The officer did not explain the instructions adequately
- The officer did not inform you of your rights
- Other circumstances – such as a medical condition or weather conditions – affected your performance
With over 85 years of combined legal experience, or field sobriety test lawyers in Akron know how to effectively defend you while protecting your rights and seeking a positive outcome. Don’t put your future in jeopardy – secure representation from DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder.
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