When drivers are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving, the officers will sometimes conduct a standardized field sobriety test. One of the components of this test is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test.
As you are heading out to the Super Bowl parties this weekend, you will have to make a choice. You need to decide if you are going to avoid alcohol, drink and stay where you are until you sober up, drink but find a driver to take you home or drink and try to drive yourself home. These choices each have pros and cons, but you are the only person who can determine what you are willing to do.
A field sobriety test is one of the tools that police officers have to gauge whether someone should be driving or not. The battery of tests that is done consists of three tests if it is a standardized field sobriety test, but could have different tests if it isn't the standardized version.
There is one thing that all adults who drink alcohol should do right now -- take a few moments to learn what the laws in Pennsylvania say about drunk driving. You shouldn't think that these charges are minor nuisances. Instead, you have to treat them like very serious issues because they can have an impact on multiple facets of your life.
There are many different reasons why people get caught drinking and driving. One thing that is universal in all of these cases is that it is possible to prevent these charges by avoiding getting behind the wheel if you've been drinking. If you decide to drive anyway even though you are tipsy, you could find yourself heading to jail.
There are many things that you need to think about when you are heading out for the evening. Where you will go, who you are going to meet up with and what you are going to do are often the primary concerns. You need to add one more to that -- how you will get home.
As the summer months continue to march forward, the parties will continue to roll. This means that the police departments in this area might opt to conduct DUI checkpoints. If you recall, we recently discussed the fact that these checkpoints can't profile drivers. This doesn't mean that you won't get stopped in one just because of who you are. Instead, it means that any driver has the possibility of being pulled over.
Drunk driving is a problem that can lead to serious crashes. Because of the public safety issue with this, police departments often conduct DUI checkpoints to try to stave off the possibility of drunk driving crashes. These checkpoints must be handled properly if they are going to be effective.
In our most recent blog post, we discussed what it means for a law enforcement officer to have reasonable suspicion to conduct a drunk driving stop. This is only one of the factors that comes into the picture when you are facing drunk driving charges, but it is an important one. If you can prove that you weren't doing anything that should have resulted in a traffic stop, you might be able to use that as part of your defense.
Drunk driving stops are the nightmare of people who know they have had a few drinks. When you see those flashing lights, your heart probably seemed to drop into your stomach. Now that you are facing drunk driving charges, there are several points that you need to consider as part of your defense. One of these might be why the officer pulled you over in the first place.