Questioning a DUI Arrest
Having a criminal charge for DUI (Driving Under the Influence) on your record can have a negative effect on your future. That is why it is important to have a criminal defense attorney standing up for your rights. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in Cincinnati can question the arrest process and work to get your charge reduced or even dismissed.
A peace officer can pull you over for almost any reason. , If the officer suspects that you have been drinking, you are instructed to “please step out of the car.”
The officer then asks you to perform any of three standardized field sobriety tests and possibly some experimental tests as well. Cincinnati criminal defense attorneys have successfully challenged these tests in court and can use that experience to your advantage in your DUI trial.
- Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN). The tester has the defendant follow a moving object (such as a fingertip or point of light) with their eyes without moving their head. The officer looks for specific cues, which are up to 88 percent effective in determining intoxication. However, tests performed in a doctor’s office are much more reliable than tests performed on a dark street. Other substances such as anti- seizure medications may also cause a person to fail the HGN.
- Walk and turn. Also known as the heel-to-toe test, this exercise requires the defendant to walk a straight line heel-to-toe, turn around, and walk back. Very rarely are these tests performed on a flat, even surface with no distractions or other impediments.
- One leg stand. This test is designed to test a person’s balance and suffers from the same deficiencies as the walk and turn.
If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI, you need an experienced attorney who can influence the jury to question the evidence against you. Experienced Cincinnati criminal defense attorneys use this method to achieve reasonable doubt. Contact Young, Reverman and Mazzei to schedule your free consultation.