Understanding Failed Field Sobriety Tests
When you are initially pulled over, you are often asked to perform one or multiple field sobriety tests. These tests are designed to make you appear intoxicated and you are not required to take them. The field sobriety tests that officers use to build evidence against you have serious flaws. The evidence gained from these tests may not have been acquired illegally. An experienced DeKalb County DUI lawyer can help walk you through this process and determine if the arresting officer violated your rights in anyway. Many people cannot properly perform the field sobriety test even while sober.
The way these tests are scored is subjective and completely up to the arresting officer who may or may not have a bias. These tests can be improperly administered and as a result indicates that you are intoxicated - even when you are not. Once you are pulled over, everything that the officer does from that point on is intended to get a conviction your case.
The knowledgeable lawyers at our firm have been trained in the same program as the arresting officer and can identify flaws in the way your test was administered and scored. Attorney Richard Lawson has been certified by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and knows that even the most accurate test is only correct 77% of the time. If you have been subjected to a field sobriety test and were subsequently arrested, contact our legal team immediately.
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Field sobriety test are often used at checkpoints when all vehicles are stopped and inspected. The officer must have probable cause to arrest you in this case and may utilize the flawed field sobriety test to develop to establish sufficient evidence.
If you do choose to refuse to submit to the field sobriety test, you are still required to provide a sample for the official state mandated test at the police station or hospital. If you refuse to submit to this official test you may have your license suspended for up to one year.
Contact a DeKalb County DUI attorney from the firm if you have been arrested for DUI and part of the process included field sobriety testing.