As a Lexington criminal attorney, James Snell is continually looking for ways to better defend his clients. For this reason, the firm is proud to announce that he recently participated in a two-day comprehensive course of study in DUI detection and field sobriety testing—which is the same training the law enforcement officers are required to complete in order to become certified. Mr. Snell found this program to be extremely helpful in that he learned how the police are taught to handle suspected drunk drivers in the field. Based on the National Highway traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) curriculum, he was taught what the police look for when making an initial stop, as well as what factors will lead them to eventually administer a series of field sobriety tests.
Mr. Snell was also issued a copy of the NHTSA's DUI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing Student Manual, in which a wide variety of topics are covered. The manual provides valuable insight into how each phase of a DUI arrest should be conducted—from the time that a suspect is pulled over to the time that the police report has been filed—so he believes that this knowledge will help him to more easily determine when a mistake has been made. For example, he was taught how to recognize the six clues of intoxication when administering a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, as well as the common errors that could result in a false positive. Additionally, he was even introduced to some of the signs that police are trained to look for when they suspect that an individual is under the influence of drugs.
This new awareness, coupled with Mr. Snell's extensive knowledge of the DUI laws in South Carolina, has pushed our entire firm to be better. For this reason, we encourage you to learn more about how the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC can assist you if you have recently been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Lexington, SC. We are prepared to fight aggressively on your behalf, and you can certainly rest easier knowing that we possess the level of experience to do so. All you have to do to get started is pick up the phone and give us a call at (888) 301-6004 for a free initial consultation with one of our Lexington criminal lawyers. From there, we will move quickly to investigate the circumstances of your arrest and challenge any inconsistencies that may arise.
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