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How do field sobriety tests work? Part 2

Field sobriety tests sound scarier than they are in reality. All these tests do is measure your muscle coordination. While you go through the tests, the officers observe you for certain behavioral markers that indicate that your judgment is compromised. If you exhibit too many markers, you fail the tests. As discussed in a previous post, there are three field tests: the horizontal gaze, the one-leg stand and the walk and turn.

What could affect the results of a field sobriety test?

Getting arrested and charged with a DUI may make it seem like your life is over, that everything is falling apart. It isn't. There are many options available to you to defend yourself. Specifically, the police may have arrested you but that does not mean the evidence or information they relied upon can be used in court. Field sobriety tests look relatively easy on paper but out in the real world, problems can crop up that undermine their results. This post will go over those problems and how the results might be compromised.

Registered sex offender arrested for assaulting teenager

An unusual case from Westminster occurred last week, a registered sex offender allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted a young woman. This case is unusual because, in 87 percent of sexual assaults and four out of five rapes, the victim knows the attacker. Stranger assaults, like this one, while terrifying are not normal.

Do I have to submit to field sobriety tests if I'm pulled over for a DUI?

Even if it's just for speeding or having a brake light out, being pulled over isn't anyone's idea of a good time. If you've been drinking, however, seeing lights and hearing sirens behind you can bring on an entirely new level of anxiety. If an officer suspects you of driving under the influence of alcohol, one of the first things he will usually do is ask you to step out of the car for a field sobriety test. These tests can include both balancing exercises and a Breathalyzer to measure your blood-alcohol content.

How do field sobriety tests work? Part 1

Field sobriety tests work by putting your mind and body through a series of exercises designed to test your coordination, attention and focus. If you fail the test, the presumption is that you were impaired and are then subject to arrest. There are three types of field sobriety tests: horizontal gaze, the walk-and-turn and the one-leg stand. This post will briefly review each type and how they are administered.

Signs that your child is drinking

Children will experiment, rebel and grow. It is an inevitable part of growing up. Everyone goes through it in his or her own way. The trick for parents is to allow their children to grow in a safe way. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't. One of the first things that most kids do is experiment with alcohol. It's a rite of passage. It is up to each parent to decide how best to handle this situation but here are a few tips to note if your child has been drinking.

Drunk driving by the numbers

Drunk driving is the third most commonly reported crime in the United States. It accounts for more than 1 million arrests every year. Drunk and drugged driving caused more deaths and disabilities for people under 21 than anything else. In short, these are serious crimes that have an awful impact on the world around them. This article will briefly discuss these numbers.

Know your rights at DUI checkpoints

While some people will tell you that DUI "checkpoints" or "roadblocks" are a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights in regard to illegal search and seizure, that is simply not true. In Maryland, it is absolutely legal for police to stop people through DUI checkpoints.

The Internet and sex crimes by the numbers

It should be common knowledge by now that the Internet has been a boon for sexual crime. The National Sex Offender Public Website compiled information from a variety of studies that details the exposure that children and adults face regarding online sexual solicitation and Internet-related crimes. This article will review those numbers and how they impact everyday life.

What does a DUI do to your car insurance?

As you probably deduced, DUI charges are not good for your insurance rates. A DUI means that you are a "high-risk" driver which means that the insurance company can charge you significantly higher rates for years after your arrest. In fact, some insurers even drop policies for people convicted of DUIs because the risk is too high. This article will go over how a DUI may impact your insurance and what you can do to mitigate the effects.

The justification to pull cars over

This article will address only DUI stops as they pertain to traffic stops, not DUI checkpoints. If a police officer sees you speeding or changing lanes without signaling, then the officer may pull you over and give you a ticket. In that situation, the officer has both a reasonable suspicion and affirmative evidence of criminal behavior. But how does this apply to DUIs? Officers are unable to determine if you are drunk unless they test you. This article will go over how an officer may pull you over.