When a driver is pulled over for a suspected DUI in Kansas City, the law enforcement officer who made the stop will likely administer a series of standardized field sobriety tests in an effort to gain evidence of intoxication. Although these field tests have been issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the standard by which DUI suspects can be evaluated, they are not always an accurate measure of sobriety. If, for example, a person's eye twitches during the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, it might be enough for the officer to deem they have failed the test. The walk and turn, or "walk the line", test and the one-leg stand test are only considered to be 65-68% accurate and there are numerous reasons, other than alcohol, which could cause a person to fail these tests. It only takes one failed sobriety test to justify an officer making a DUI arrest.
If you or a someone you care about has been arrested for DUI in Kansas City, either on the Missouri or Kansas side, we recommend you contact our firm and speak with a skilled DUI attorney as soon as possible. When you do, Paul W. Burmaster will be able to thoroughly review the circumstances leading up to your arrest, including how your field sobriety tests and breath & blood tests were administered, determine what external factors or extenuating circumstances may have affected your test results, advise you on the best course of action to pursue, and work hard to provide you with an aggressive strategy to defend your freedom and rights.
When facing DUI charges, you want a lawyer who has extensive experience defending clients against all types of different DUI-related charges. Contact a Kansas City DUI lawyer at Paul W. Burmaster P.A., today in order to discuss your case and review your legal options.