The field sobriety test is often used as the reason for probable cause for a drunk driving arrest. These tests will have you walking straight line or following a light with your eyes or counting while standing on one foot. In fact, there are eight maneuvers that police officers will ask you to perform in a field sobriety test. Of these eight, five cannot be standardized scientifically. This means that the police officer is making a subjective judgment — and opinions are not evidence. This means that there are five possibilities right there to suppress DUI evidence.
The test is used as a basis to arrest you, before any blood test or breath test is taken. If your attorney can get the field sobriety test evidence thrown out, the entire case may be thrown out on the basis of improper arrest.
At McAdams Law Office, you will benefit from lead attorney Bill McAdams’ experience and track record of success in obtaining favorable outcomes for past clients. Mr. McAdams focuses the bulk of his legal practice on DUI defense and other alcohol-related crimes, and he has received the same training that an officer trained to perform standardized field sobriety testing receives. He knows when these tests have been properly administered, and when they have not.
Field Sobriety Tests And Evidence Issues
Issues that can arise in these tests that can help your case include:
Did the officer properly explain the test to you?
Did the officer demonstrate what to do?
Did you understand what you were being asked to do?
Were you given the opportunity to refuse to do the SFST?
Was the officer certified in roadside maneuvers testing?
Do you have balance issues or were you on prescription drugs, criteria that may have affected your test performance?
Learn About Sobriety Field Test Evidence And Suppression
For more information about how Greeley DUI defense attorney Bill McAdams can mount an effective defense relating to sobriety field tests, blood test evidence and other evidence in drunk driving cases, please call McAdams Law Office at (970) 353-0000 for a free, confidential consultation, or you can also contact us through email.