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Field Sobriety Tests

Field Sobriety Tests in Ohio

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Attorney Zachuary Meranda is certified in DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He has firsthand knowledge of these processes and how they should be conducted. As a result, he knows exactly how to fight your DUI based on police misconduct during your arrest. Few attorneys have this insight or certification, so do not hesitate to learn how The Meranda Law Firm LTD can help. Call (614) 707-4239 for a consultation!

Field Sobriety Test Guidelines

Roadblocks are one method used to get intoxicated drivers off the roadways in Ohio. The Sobriety Checkpoint Guide from the National Highway Safety Administration covers the standards for conducting DUI sobriety roadblocks in an attempt to catch drunk drivers. There are three basic standardized field sobriety tests used to determine if the driver is too impaired to operate a vehicle safely. They are:

  • Heel to toe or walk and turn
  • One leg stand
  • Nystagmus test

The tests were developed by the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) and contained in the "DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing" manual used by law enforcement. Aside from being stopped at a roadblock sobriety checkpoint, a driver suspected of drunk driving is always subject to arrest, and field sobriety testing is one method used to establish that the individual is likely under the influence of alcohol.

About Nystagmus Testing

Alcohol consumption causes a jerky eye movement called "nystagmus". The test involves having the suspect follow with the eyes a pen or finger moved in a horizontal direction while keeping the head steady. There is a checklist for the officer to follow when administering the test and while watching for any nystagmus. The test administrator notes whether the eyes are tracking equally and have smooth pursuit. This is the "horizontal gaze nystagmus" (HGN test). This may seem like a reliable test but it is flawed. The test is not completely accurate because even the smallest amount of alcohol can cause nystagmus. Roadside dust, allergies, or other elements can affect the condition of the eyes or eye movement as well. This is the test that has the highest degree of accuracy, and when measured in controlled testing, was found to be only 77% correct, when administered correctly. This is a large margin of error.

Other factors can affect the validity of field sobriety testing. A driver with a bad back or one who is overweight may not be capable of performing a one leg stand or other required physical tasks. A driver may be too nervous to perform the tests satisfactorily. If your DUI/OVI arrest was partially based on field sobriety testing evidence, you can have our Columbus OVI attorney evaluate your case. There is doubt at many levels as to the actual reliability and accuracy of the tests.

Have you failed a field sobriety test? Are you looking at a possible DUI on your driving record? Call The Meranda Law Firm LTD today! 15+ Year's Legal Experience -- Free Initial Consultations Available!


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    “As stress free as it can be”
    A criminal case can be very stressful. The Meranda Law Firm can help you with this process. Zack is there to make sure that you get the best personal one on one help you can get. So you don't get pushed around in the system. Takes all the worry out of your case. Very down to earth guy. Easy to talk too. Without Zack I don't know where I would be right now. Thanks Zack; can't tell you how much I appreciate the help you gave me. If you are looking for a lawyer that can take the stress out of your case Zack is your guy
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    There are three reasons I recommend Zachuary Meranda if you are arrested for DUI. First off, he is a straight shooter. Never did he sugar coat my situation. Second, he handled everything while keeping me informed and walked me through everything as it progressed. Third, he got me the result- NO DUI!!! Thanks Zak!
    - Shane Dolen
    “Excellent job!”
    We are very appreciative of the efforts put forth by Zach Meranda. The outcome was positive and he made us feel secure in an out of control situation. Felt glad to have him defending us and having his common sense approach to our case. We would recommend his services to anyone in need.
    - Anonymous
    “I Highly Recommend The Meranda Law Firm”
    I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. I've had other attorneys and Zach is the only one that actually knew my case and put a lot of time and effort into making sure the outcome was good, which it definitely was. I really think he is one of the best attorneys & I highly recommend him to anyone that needs legal help.
    - Payton R
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    Zach Meranda was a real attorney with a no bull shit strategy!!! But he won my criminal case even when the odds were against me and I thank him and his associates!!
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    Zach did a great job representing me. He worked hard to take care of me in my case. If I ever need a lawyer again, I'll definitely give him a call first.
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    “Great Attorney”
    Zach is a great attorney. He has represented me twice and both times I got positive results. If you need an attorney call The Meranda Law Firm, he's the best.
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    “An Attorney That Will Give You His All!”
    Zach is incredibly professional and will work as hard as he can for you, no matter how big or small your case is. He shows genuine concern and interest in his client and the situation. He is straight forward and honest. Zach was the third attorney on my case and the only one that actually took the time to become familiar with my case. He was not intimidated as my previous attorneys were and his competency resulted in my case ending in a very satisfying outcome.
    - Rylan Burrie

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