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Driver Ability Testing in Houston

By The Martinez Law Firm  Nov. 8, 2010 7:20p

Law enforcement officials on the road are constantly on the watch for suspicious driving behavior that in their opinion may indicate intoxicated driving. When a driver is detained for suspicion of drunk driving, the officer will usually ask the driver to submit to a breath or blood test and perform a series of physical and mental tests known as field sobriety tests. These tests help an officer determine if a person is operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and can establish cause for an arrest and charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI). If you have been arrested after submitting to a field sobriety test, a Houston DWI attorney may be able to assist you in fighting your charges.

While breath and blood tests scientifically determine the presence of alcohol in a driver's body, the field sobriety tests merely function as a way of determining if the abilities of a drive are impaired in a way that suggests intoxication. There are three standardized tests, which individually test the driver's abilities such as balance, coordination, listening and multi-tasking skills. These consist primarily of the One Leg Stand and Walk and Turn tests. The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus is used to test a person's eyes, and whether or not they display signs that can allegedly indicate intoxication.

DWI Lawyer in Houston

The penalties for DWI convictions are harsh, and in Houston can result in serious fines and jail or prison sentencing. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges for driving while intoxicated, you need an experienced, hard-hitting attorney to defend your case. At The Martinez Law Firm we are dedicate to investigating every unique case our clients bring to us, and ensuring that every possible step is taken to have charges reduced or even dismissed.

Contact a Houston DWI Attorney The Martinez Law Firm today for a consultation regarding your case!

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