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Louisiana drunk driving: The HGN test -- what is the purpose?

Many question whether field sobriety tests that are used to check drivers for impairment are accurate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that they are accurate enough to continue using them. Does that mean that those in Louisiana who are charged with drunk driving cannot fight the results of such tests? No.

Louisiana drunk driving: What is the walk-and-turn test?

In a previous post, this column addressed one of the several standardized field sobriety tests used in Louisiana, the one-leg stand test. This week's post will go over another test that is commonly used on those suspected of drunk driving, the walk and turn. Why is it used and is it an accurate measurement of impairment?

Louisiana drunk driving: What is the one-leg stand test?

Louisiana residents who have been pulled over for suspected impairment may be asked to perform field sobriety tests. One such test is called the one-leg stand test. While this is considered to be a good way for police officers to test for drunk driving, it is not without its faults.

Louisiana mailman arrested for drunk driving while on the job

Police in Louisiana were alerted to a situation in the River Ridge area involving a mailman who was allegedly intoxicated while on the job. The incident in question reportedly occurred in the afternoon of March 24. The accused was promptly arrested and charged with drunk driving.

Field sobriety testing asked of those suspected of drunk driving

Those in Louisiana who are suspected of driving while drunk will likely be pulled over by law enforcement officials. When this happens, they will will be asked to perform what are known as field sobriety tests. If these tests show any signs drunk driving, the suspect will be arrested and charged accordingly.

How an attorney can assist with a drunk driving charge

Drunk driving is considered a major felony in Louisiana. As a crime committed while drinking under the influence, most drivers face harsh DUI laws that can threaten their freedom. Drinking is not a crime, but endangering your life and those of pedestrians is still considered a major offense. In most cases, prosecutors tend to intimidate the accused party with various penalties that are guaranteed to rattle their cage.

What happens during a DUI traffic stop?

There is no shortage of hot spots where you can have a good time in Shreveport and throughout Louisiana. Because of this, anyone can get caught up in a party atmosphere and have too many drinks before getting behind the wheel. And if you should be on the road and give the police reason to suspect that you are impaired, there is a good chance that you will be pulled over.

Facing DWI charges in Louisiana

Almost all of us have been there at one time or another. You have a few beers watching the game with buddies or you have a few glasses of wine with dinner. You feel fine to drive and you may not realize that the alcohol has affected you. Then come the flashing blue lights and a sobriety test or a Breathalyzer. You pass the legal limit and all of a sudden you are faced with the prospect of losing your license, being unable to work, having to pay huge fines and even having to go to jail.