The tests that are given after a driver has been pulled over are to determine if that driver is intoxicated. These tests are only taught to the police once. Officers are trained when they start out in the department and use the same skills and knowledge they acquired in their first few weeks. This skill and knowledge, however, is lost and gets sloppy over the years. Think of the police officer who has been working for 20 years and only had one training course on the balance and coordination tests. Veteran police officers start making the tests their own and likely do not follow the procedures they learned years ago. So, it is clear that the tests administered are not as reliable as they could be. This is a ripe place for attack when figuring out a defense. The reliability of the balance and coordination tests can be challenged by your attorney in other ways as well.
To be able to use these tests as evidence of intoxication they have to be “scientific enough.” So, at the outset of the case, your attorney can challenge the reliability and scientific nature of the tests being used as evidence.
Attorney Morris has enjoyed a very successful and distinguished career as a trial lawyer providing high quality legal representation in the area of state and federal criminal defense for 20 years. He is known for his trial preparation by fellow attorneys, judges and clients alike. As a trial attorney, he is dedicated to attaining justice in every case, and is prepared to take on complex legal issues with success. Barton and his law firm pride themselves on obtaining results for their clients that other attorneys cannot.
Not only does Barton Morris have extensive experience, he also engages in continuing legal education to provide the highest quality legal services. Barton has received specialized scientific training through the American Chemical Society. He attended the prestigious Trial Lawyers College and serves on its Alumni Association Board of Directors. Barton Morris is also a board member of several distinguished legal associations including the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys, and the DUI Defense Lawyer’s Association Justice Foundation. He is also an active member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and has also graduated from their National Criminal Defense Trial College in Macon, Georgia.
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