Common Defense Strategies for the Seated Battery of Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)
Officers across the nation are finding the Seated Battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests to be extremely useful in detecting and prosecuting impaired operators whether they are on the road or on the water. Law Enforcement Professionals realize that the Walk and Turn and One Leg Stand Tests are not always an option. Road conditions, physical limitations and gross impairment are just some of the factors that limit an officer's ability to gather valuable and important evidence when their training is limited to the standing battery of SFSTs. The demand for training in these tests among specialized traffic units and drug recognition experts will inevitably lead to more of these cases being tried in our nation’s court system.
Maritime law enforcement professionals will be leading the charge in educating their law enforcement partners and judicial officials on these tests, but their efforts must start with their local prosecutor. A strong prosecutor / officer team is the only way to effectively prosecute impaired operators who are threatening our constituents on the road and on the water. This session will cover common defense tactics to the Seated Battery of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and how through teamwork and prior planning we can meet these challenges. Catching impaired operators and "getting them off the water' is not enough.
To effectively change the attitude about impaired operation in our country we must be able to convict the subjects who make the choice to operate under the influence of an impairing substance. This can be extremely difficult to do if your psycho physical tests are not admitted as evidence at trial.
Assistant Attorney General • North Carolina Department of Justice
Jordan was born and raised in Southeastern North Carolina but has called Raleigh his home for the past thirteen years. After graduating from North Carolina State University, Jordan attended North Carolina Central University School of Law. Jordan began his career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Wanda G. Bryant at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He then spent five years as an Assistant District Attorney with the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office in Smithfield, NC. As a prosecutor, Jordan specialized in impaired driving cases and child sexual offenses. Earlier this year, Jordan joined the Motor Vehicles section at the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. In his new position as an Assistant Attorney General, Jordan’s responsibilities include representing the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles and handling criminal appeals on behalf of the State of North Carolina.