New York Field Sobriety Test Lawyers

Middletown DWI Attorneys

Challenging Probable Cause in DWI Cases

Even when properly administered (which does not always happen), the most accurate field sobriety test will still produce false positive results a significant percentage of the time. This is important because an officer's subjective interpretation of how well a driver performs one of these abnormal tasks is usually what gives the officer probable cause to arrest you and take a breath or blood sample.

In other words, if you can effectively challenge the field sobriety test results, you could potentially render the arrest and all of the evidence obtained after the arrest inadmissible against you.

At Larkin, Ingrassia & Tepermayster, LLP, experience a team approach and a proven willingness and ability to achieve positive results in DWI cases. This approach sets our firm apart and allows us to start working on your behalf today.

Protect your rights. Contact an attorney who will fight to keep you out of jail, protect your driving privileges and minimize the consequences of your arrest at the law firm of Larkin, Ingrassia & Tepermayster, LLP in Orange County, New York.

Although there are a number of different field sobriety tests law enforcement officers use, there are only three nationally standardized tests:

  • The one-leg stand test requires a driver to stand with their legs together and arms at sides, and then to lift one leg straight out and hold it six inches off the ground for 30 seconds
  • The walk and turn test requires a driver to walk heel-to-toe along a straight line (usually the shoulder line) for nine steps, then to turn around and walk nine steps back the same way
  • The horizontal gaze nystagmus test (or HGN test) requires a driver to follow with their eyes, the back and forth movement of a pen or some other type of pointed object which the officer holds in front of them while looking for unusual eye movements

While it may be too late for this in your case, it is worth mentioning that there are no criminal penalties for refusing to take a field sobriety test. You can politely decline an officer's request and may still be arrested, but at least you will not have provided the state with any additional evidence to use against you.

Who's Fighting for You?

Do not wait to talk to a lawyer about your legal rights and options following a DWI arrest. Call or contact Larkin, Ingrassia & Tepermayster, LLP for a free DWI consultation today.

Our attorneys represent local, out-of-town and out-of-state drivers arrested for DWI and other serious driving offenses on Interstates I-87 (NYS Thruway) or I-84, U.S. Route 9W, the Palisades Interstate Parkway, State Routes 6, 17 (86) or 59, and on other Hudson Valley roadways. In the Newburgh and Middletown areas, you can reach us at 845-234-4852. Outside of this area code, dial 877-278-5062 (toll free).

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