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HGN Expert Testimony in North Carolina DWI Trials

Expert testimony, as I described in my previous post on this issue, is admissible under a hybrid rule in North Carolina articulated in Goode, Howerton, and related cases such as Ward. That three-part test is used for most expert testimony and, until 2006, for the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test (HGN) used in many DWI prosecutions.…

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One Side of a Story

One of the unending frustrations of a criminal lawyer is watching his clients’ reputations being smeared in the media, among the clients’ friends or family, and with the clients’ employer. Unfortunately in our society, when someone is arrested, charged, or indicted, people assume there must be some reason for the charge. This is a natural…

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SFSTs are part of North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) evaluated a variety of field sobriety tests to determine which ones were scientifically accurate. NHTSA identified the Southern California Research Institute as the center to conduct a thorough testing of the various field sobriety tests to determine which ones had the…

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Raleigh DWI Lawyer: Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test

The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test – also known as the eye test or finger test – is considered the most reliable of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests conducted on the roadside to determine whether a driver is impaired. If you’ve been stopped for a DWI in North Carolina, call (919) 352-9411. The HGN is not a…

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