One of the most damaging pieces of evidence very well may be the standardized field sobriety test, or what we call the roadside gymnastics. You should know that these tests are standardized throughout the nation. There’s only one set of tests, there’s only one way they can be given and there’s only one way they can be analyzed and graded.
I know this, because I’ve been through the course. There’s a book about. There’s a course about it and the officer is required to do it, and do it properly if he’s going to ask a jury to consider the information. Not only have I been to the course, I’ve been an instructor, and I’ve instructed other officers and other attorneys on these very things.
Why is this important? Do you really want an attorney that doesn’t know this material? How can an attorney effectively cross examine a police officer on the stand if they don’t know the material, or if they don’t even have the material. What we’ll do is bring the manuals every year, we’ll have the proper book, and we’ll show up. If the officer doesn’t give the proper answers, we’ll show him the book. If he doesn’t give the right answer then, we’ll use the book just like you would with a puppy that needs to be potty trained. We’ll bring him into line. We will protect you.