As I said on the home page, No song and dance. No fluff and puff. Plain and Simple:
Our primary focus of our practice (as much as 50%) is Drunk (and Drug) Driving.
I am certified in the administration of the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. I have the same student manual that the police train with and I use it to my (your) advantage in every case.
Those field “SOBRIETY” tests (one leg stand, walk the straight line, eye test) are actually field “INTOXICATION” tests. Plain and simple, they are not testing you for sobriety; they are testing you for intoxication! These are not pass or fail tests.
Here’s the kicker: These tests were developed by NHTSA and must be given exactly as taught or they lose their reliability. In other words, if the Officer doesn’t give you the proper instructions on how to perform the test or he does the test incorrectly, the Court can exclude the test from the evidence and from a trial. Exclude enough evidence and the case can get dismissed!
That’s the basics. Plain and Simple. For a more detailed discussion about drunk driving laws and penalties, here’s a link to the Michigan Secretary of State website with everything you might (or might not) want to know about Drunk and Drug Driving.