In April, attorney Jason T. Komninos completed a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) Practitioner Course. This is the same curriculum that is used to train police officers. The course was taught by Lance A. Platt, Ph.D. and included the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration curriculum from 2015.
When hiring a defense attorney, it is critical to hire an attorney who understands the three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test, the Walk and Turn Test, and the One Leg Stand Test.
When charged with a DWI or DUI, the prosecutor can seek to use your performance of the SFSTs against you in court. Even if the breath, blood, or urine test is unreliable and excluded from evidence, you can still be convicted of a DWI or DUI in New Jersey based on the SFSTs. Therefore, you should consider hiring an attorney such as Mr. Komninos who has the training to refute the State’s SFST evidence against you in court.
Many attorneys will take your DWI or DUI case but not all attorneys have dedicated themselves to undergoing specific training and education that could make a difference in your case. In addition to becoming a Qualified Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Practitioner, Mr. Komninos is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. As of this date, there are less than 60 attorneys in New Jersey who are members of this national organization dedicated to drunk driving defense.