Eugene Sobriety Test Attorney
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a way to help police officers determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In reality, these tests can be inaccurate, leading to unfair results and unwarranted arrests.
At Duvall Law Office, P.C., we are committed to protecting our clients’ rights.
For more than 25 years, attorney Hugh Duvall has aggressively represented individuals facing drunk driving charges. This criminal defense lawyer is prepared to effectively challenge the administration and results of your field sobriety tests.
An Oregon Field Sobriety Test Lawyer Aggressively Defending Your Rights
Oregon DUI laws are strict, and the consequences of a drunk driving conviction are harsh. At Duvall Law Office, P.C., we recognize the severe legal penalties you face when you have been arrested for drunk driving as a result of failed field sobriety tests.
The most common field sobriety tests that are administered in Oregon are:
- Horizontal gaze nystagmus test: This involves a police officer requesting that you follow his or her finger with your eyes. This test is designed to determine intoxication by observing involuntary jerking of the eyes.
- Walk and turn: This involves a police officer checking to see if you can walk a straight line, usually while counting out loud, doing a turn and walking back.
- One-leg stand: This involves a police officer checking your balance usually while counting aloud.
Many individuals do not know that Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are not legally mandatory. You are protected under Oregon law if you do not submit to field sobriety tests. However, in certain circumstances, a refusal to take part in a sobriety test or any nontestimonial sobriety test may be used against you in during a DUI trial.
In reality, police officers tend to focus on the errors you make during a field sobriety test and rarely note the things you perform well. Medical conditions, and new/old injuries are some of the many factors that are not adequately taken into account by police officers when administering field sobriety tests.
At Duvall Law Office, P.C., we will collaborate with you to thoroughly evaluate your sobriety tests and as well as how the police officer conducted your tests. We will also identify factors that may have affected your performance, such as medical or physical conditions. This Eugene sobriety test lawyer, Hugh Duvall, will determine if the field sobriety tests you submitted to were a fair indicator of intoxication. We are fully prepared to aggressively litigate your case in court in order to mitigate your legal consequences and help you achieve the best possible outcome.
Contact Duvall Law Office, P.C., Today
We invite you to call Duvall Law Office, P.C., at 541-345-4500, or e-mail us, to schedule a confidential consultation regarding your criminal charge. Our law office is based in Eugene, Oregon. We represent clients in Lane County and throughout the surrounding cities and counties. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend and evening appointments are available when necessary. We offer jail visits upon request. Credit cards are accepted at our firm.