SOURCE: The Law Offices of William L. Fay

The Law Offices of William L. Fay

August 03, 2009 17:28 ET

William Fay Teaches Class on HGN for Trial Lawyers in Wake County, NC

The DWI Raleigh Attorney Shared His Expertise on Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Commonly Used in DWI Cases, in a Continuing Legal Education Course for the Wake County Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers

RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - August 3, 2009) - William Fay, a criminal defense Raleigh attorney focusing on DWI and traffic cases, recently taught a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course on Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus for the Wake County Association of Criminal Trial Lawyers. The CLE was approved for two hours of credit for the attorneys who attended. Courses such as this are important for trial lawyers because HGN is a field sobriety test frequently used in DUI court cases, but there are many problems associated with it.

Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, or HGN, is an involuntary jerking of the eye generally prevalent when someone has a blood alcohol level of .10 or higher. HGN is the most complex of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests included in the battery of tests taught by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to detect individuals driving while intoxicated. Fay's CLE course focused on the problems associated with HGN, the foundational issues involved in getting HGN testimony into evidence, and on how to effectively attack this type of evidence in a criminal prosecution.

Students participated in several useful exercises during the course, including a controlled drinking exercise where the audience had an opportunity to administer HGN tests on individuals who had consumed no alcohol, moderate amounts of alcohol, and excessive amounts. Another exercise used a strobe light to simulate optikenetic nystagmus, which occurs as a result of police officers failing to turn off their takedown lights before administering the test. They also discussed causes for nystagmus other than alcohol that may explain an officer's observation in investigating a DWI.

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About William Fay:

Attorney William Fay is a Saint Louis University School of Law graduate, where he finished sixth in a class of 312. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also certified him in Standardized Field Sobriety Test Administration. William Fay has represented thousands of clients in DWI, Criminal Defense and Traffic Tickets cases in North Carolina courts.

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