Field Sobriety Tests
Challenging DUI Charges in and around Harrisburg
Your field sobriety testing could play a major role in your defense for your
DWI or DUI case. Our team at Curcillo Law, LLC can help you understand the meaning
of these tests and how they can affect your case.
Our DUI defense practice is led by Joseph A. Curcillo, III, who has more
than 25 years of experience handling criminal cases. More than 10 of those
years were spent as a prosecutor. As a result, he knows how prosecutors
and law enforcement use field sobriety tests and other evidence to build
cases against DUI defendants. Attorney Curcillo can use his experience
to defend against from your charges. Do not hesitate to discuss your case
with one of our competent Harrisburg criminal defense attorneys!
Types of Field Sobriety Tests
While courts often do not recognize field sobriety tests alone as conclusive
evidence of intoxication, law enforcement officers use these tests to
determine if they should arrest you and test your blood and breath for
alcohol. At our firm, we have in-depth knowledge of the procedures used
by law enforcement to conduct all types of field sobriety tests, including
Horizontal nystagmus test — When a police officer has you follow his or her finger with your
eyes, the officer is looking for involuntary eye movement or jerking.
Oftentimes, this can be a sign that you have had too much alcohol. In
some cases, though, other factors can result in this involuntary eye movement.
Walk and turn — During this test, the officer is looking to see how well you follow
directions, how much physical coordination you are able to maintain, and
how well you handle multiple tasks at once. However, in addition to intoxication,
there are also a number of other factors that can lead to a failed walk
and turn test. A few examples include age, weather conditions, and the
type of terrain on which the test was performed.
One leg stand — During the one leg stand test, an officer may have you raise one
foot above the ground with your arms at your side for a period of time.
The officer looks at your balance and a number of other factors. Along
with intoxication, your ability to perform this test could also be affected
by your age, weight, or a medical condition such as an inner ear problem
or leg injury.
Finger and nose test — This test should no longer be used by law enforcement. If you
were asked to perform a finger and nose test for law enforcement, we can
help you challenge your arrest.
Discuss Your Case with a Harrisburg DUI Defense Lawyer
At Curcillo Law, we'll thoroughly investigate the circumstances that
led to your DUI arrest. In addition to serving Harrisburg and Dauphin
County, we also serve Franklin, Perry, Cumberland, and Lebanon counties.
Contact Curcillo Law and set up a consultation!