Denton County, TX DWI Lawyer: Winning Your Case
If you have been charged with a DWI offense in Denton County, TX, our the experienced DWI lawyers at Abrams Trial Law can help. Request a consultation to review your case today.
How Can We Help?
We will review the evidence in your case to determine the best defense opportunities. Some key areas of analysis include a careful review of post-stop activities as well as a comprehensive look at any field sobriety tests that were performed.
We carefully analyze the post-stop aspects of a DWI case investigation as it is critical to do so in order to beat a DWI case in Denton County.
As experienced trial lawyers, we look for signs showing that you were not intoxicated. Some of these signs include:
- Your ease in exiting the vehicle
- Your ability to provide proper identification and vehicle registration
- Your ability to hold a conversation without repeating statements or questions
- Your ability to understand instructions
- Normal balance, speech, and demeanor
Field Sobriety Test Analysis
As former prosecutors, we know the importance of also examining the standardized field sobriety tests administered in your Denton County DWI case. These tests include the horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk and turn, and one leg stand. Let’s take a closer look at each:
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test
The horizontal gaze nystagmus test is designed to check for the involuntary jerking of the eyes as one’s eyes gaze from side to side. In this test, the officer has you follow a stimulus with your eyes looking to see if the eyes jerk. Often times, the officer administering this test will also check for vertical gaze nystagmus—the involuntary jerking of the eyes as the eyes move up and down.
The Walk and Turn Test
The second standardized field sobriety test to be administered is the walk and turn. This test is divided into two stages: an instruction stage and a walking stage.
- During the instruction stage, one has to balance by standing heel-to-toe with arms at one’s side while also processing instructions for the next stage of the test.
- During the walking stage, one walks heel-to-toe nine steps one way and nine steps back. One is asked to make a small turn before walking the nine steps back. One is also asked to count each step out loud.
To establish a strong defense in your Denton County DWI case, we check whether the officer correctly assessed your performance on this test. The officer will look to see if you could not keep your balance while instructions were being given, started too soon, stopped while walking, didn’t touch heel-to-toe, stepped off the line, used arms for balance, turned improperly, and/or took an incorrect number of steps.
One Leg Stand
The final standardized field sobriety test that is administered in your Denton County DWI case is the one leg stand. There are two stages to this test: an instruction stage and a balancing/counting stage.
- During the instruction stage, one is asked to stand with their feet together, arms at their sides, and to listen to the instructions that are given.
- During the balancing/counting stage, one is asked to raise one foot six inches off the ground and count out loud for a period of 30 seconds. During this test, the officer is looking for hopping, the putting of one’s foot down, using one’s arms to balance, and the swaying while balancing.
We assess your performance throughout this test to show that you were not intoxicated at the time of driving.
Additional Non-Standardized Tests
In addition to scrutinizing the administration of the standardized field sobriety tests: horizontal gaze nystagmus, walk and turn, one leg stand, we also assess one’s performance on additional tests that the officer may have administered. One such test requires the recitation of a part of the alphabet. Another test requires you to count multiple numbers in reverse sequence. An additional non-standardized test that may have been used is the finger count test. In this test, you are asked to touch the top of your thumb to the top of each finger on the same hand while counting up, then reverse direction while counting down.
Get Legal Help Today
As experienced Denton County DWI lawyers and former prosecutors, we review your performance on the standardized and non-standardized tests with you to show that you were not intoxicated at the time of driving. By doing so, we can help you win your DWI case. Contact us today to request a consultation.