Law enforcement strives to keep North Carolina roads safe by taking impaired driving seriously. A conviction for DWI can lead to a host of devastating penalties including jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges and installation of an ignition interlock device. Unfortunately, many cases begin with nothing more than observations and a subjective measure of impairment.
While snow is an uncommon occurrence in most parts of North Carolina, the winter months often bring heavy rain, strong winds and less daylight. Certain factors can negatively impact a driver’s performance in the three standard field sobriety tests:
Even though law enforcement officers receive special training and instructions regarding administering field sobriety tests, their results are still largely subjective. This means that several factors – both biological and environmental – can negatively impact a driver’s ability to perform the test’s objectives in a sufficient manner. Unfortunately, the officer might read this performance as indicating the lack of physical or mental acuity necessary to safely operate the motor vehicle.
If you were arrested or charged with a crime, it is crucial that you act quickly to protect your rights and freedoms.