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The scripted instructions police are trained to memorize and repeat while conducting the HGN test omit the nystagmus measure of the test in favor of instructing the motorist to follow a stimulus (e.g., pen, finger, or flashlight) with both eyes but without moving the head. Drivers who successfully follow the officer's instructions often assume successful completion of the HGN test. Unfortunately for the driver, the undisclosed measure of the HGN test is the presence of nystagmus, which is a common side effect of nicotine, caffeine, aspirin, and other commonly used non-impairing substances but is also something police are trained to recognize as a clue of impairment from drugs or alcohol.


The procedural flaws in standardized field sobriety tests are further aggravated when instructions and demonstrations are communicated to the driver in a manner inconsistent with NHTSA guidelines. The experimental procedures used in the development of standardized field sobriety tests are unreliable based on multiple factors, including natural human reactions to fear misinterpreted as clues of impairment. Participant performance in NHTSA standardized field sobriety test experiments was not negatively impacted by maladaptive emotional responses such as panic, rumination, and self-doubt, undermining confidence and self-efficacy. The negative emotional state associated with the fear of a DUI arrest and instant incarceration not only impairs performance directly but also contributes to a self-reinforcing cycle of fear, negatively impacting performance and often mimicking what police are trained to believe are clues of impairment.


Anderson, S.,C. DUI Attorney

The arresting officer will suspend the South Carolina Drivers License (SCDL) of a motorist for refusing to submit a breath, blood, or urine sample or for registering a breath alcohol concentration of fifteen one-hundredths of one percent (.15) or higher (implied contest violation) while under arrest for driving under the influence. The arresting officer will issue a traffic ticket for the underlying DUI charge but will not issue a ticket or a court date for contesting a suspended driver's license for an implied consent violation. There is a thirty-day deadline from the date of the underlying DUI arrest for contesting a suspended South Carolina Driver's License for an implied consent violation, so do not wait to contact a DUI Lawyer.


When confronted with fear-inducing situations, the body undergoes a cascade of physiological responses orchestrated by the sympathetic nervous system. These responses, collectively known as the fight-or-flight response, are geared towards preparing the individual to confront or flee from the perceived threat. However, in scenarios where physical action is neither feasible nor necessary, such as a police traffic stop or subsequent DUI investigation, these physiological changes can prove counterproductive, impairing performance and mimicking what police are trained to believe are clues of impairment.


Travis Newton Law Firm has defended thousands of clients in South Carolina Summary and General Sessions Courts. The legal professionals at the Newton Law Firm keep clients well-informed of important deadlines, court appearances, and matters concerning the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Anderson DUI Lawyer Travis Newton has delivered oral arguments before the South Carolina Court of Appeals and is approved by the South Carolina Supreme Court Commission on CLE to present DUI Law course material for attorney continuing legal education hours. Call DUI Lawyer Travis Newton for a free consultation and preliminary case evaluation.


SCDL Suspended for Refusing Brethalyzer

There is a thirty day deadline to challange suspended driving license for refusing a breathalyzer or for registering an alcohol concentration of .15 or higher.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test

Sometimes called the "Pen Test," the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test was developed to identify nystagmus in the eyes of driver's under investigation for DUi.

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Travis Newton Law Firm

Travis Newton defends clients in Upstate. S.C. Summary and General Sessions Courts including Anderson, Clemson, Seneca, Easley, Pickens, and Greenville.

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