Today on the NC DWI Guy Podcast we talk about the Walk and Turn! A divided attention test, the W&T is a critical test during most investigations for DWI. If you don’t know the three standardized field sobriety tests backwards and forwards then you should not be handling DWI cases. In this episode, Jake Minick does a deep dive on the ways to attack the Walk and Turn test.
Learn the environment required (dry, level, smooth, non-slippery surface) for performing the walk and turn and how to utilize poor field conditions in your defense
Understand the type of subject/suspect on which a walk and turn test can be appropriately performed and how your clients age (65), footwear (2+ inch heel) and medical conditions (leg, back, or inner ear) might impact the validity of the W&T
Hear the specific standardized instructions that an officer is supposed to give and demonstrations the officer is supposed to show to the subject/suspect before administering the walk and turn
Discover the clues the officer is looking for during the instruction stage and walking stage of the W&T and more importantly when a specific clue should NOT be notated by the officer during this test