“I’m concerned about your ability to drive. Please step out of the car to do some tests.” Sound familiar?
Field Sobriety Testing is one of the most well-known aspects of a DUI. Field sobriety Tests are designed to determine whether or not you are impaired. However, it is important to know that these tests are prone to error. An officer will you give several complex instructions without repeating them, and the tests are difficult to perform even when sober. Sometimes police officers do not properly administer these tests. Far too often, officers are either untrained or they are lazy in their administration of these technical tests. Moreover, even when administered properly, an officer can get it wrong – a police officer can misinterpret certain physical and medical conditions as signs of impairment. Field Sobriety Tests are not scientifically fool-proof. An effective DUI attorney can challenge the results of your Field Sobriety Tests.
The most common Field Sobriety Tests are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, Walk & Turn test, and One Leg Stand test. Each of these tests are designed to look at a number of different clues indicating intoxication. You have no legal obligation to take these tests, despite an officer pressuring you otherwise. Officers will often count the slightest errors against you, and can exaggerate your performance on these tests. Often times, it is better to refuse the tests altogether.
At Carley Legal Services, we are experienced in understanding the science behind Field Sobriety Tests, the required warnings and advisements an officer must provide to you, and the complex protocol an officer must adhere to in administering these tests. We take the time to personally investigate your matter. If an officer has cut any corners in his investigation of your case, it pays to have an experienced attorney on your side.
Contact us today for a free consultation. (360) 726-3571.