Field Sobriety Tests in San Diego
Defense from Top San Diego DUI Attorneys
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration developed the standardized
field sobriety tests (FSTs) to help determine a person's level of
intoxication. The three most commonly administered field sobriety tests
are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, the One-leg-stand, and Heel-to-toe.
However, law enforcement agencies often administer a variety of tests,
based on their own decision at the time of the traffic stop. There are
many field sobriety tests and none of them are particularly scientific.
Challenging the Evidence
In fact, the best of the tests in accuracy when measured against actual
blood alcohol content (BAC) is only 77%. Many of these tests would be
difficult for a sober person to accomplish. Nervousness, language problems,
fear, and medical conditions or physical conditions can affect performance
in these tests. Failing a field sobriety test can lead to serious DUI
charges. If you were arrested and charged with DUI and had field sobriety
tests administered to you at the scene, it is important to immediately
contact a defense lawyer to review your situation.
You are not required under law to submit to field sobriety testing. The
purpose of the test is to gather more evidence of drunkenness, and is
often part of "probable cause" used by law enforcement. How
the test is administered is very specific, and frequently violated. A
San Diego defense lawyer from The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC
can review every aspect of the testing methods used. If failures to correctly
administer the tests are found, it may be possible to prove that there
was no "probable cause" to suspect
Call Today - We're Ready to Fight for You
This can be a very confusing situation and it is important to seek advice
from a legal professional who has extensive experience in defending DUI
cases. Conviction on a DUI offense has severe penalties and fighting to
avoid conviction is important for many individuals. Our
criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC are members of the National
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the San Diego Criminal Defense
Our legal team will aggressively defend clients and challenging field sobriety
testing is frequently an option in fighting for a "not guilty"
verdict, dismissed case or alternatives to jail time.
Contact a San Diego DUI lawyer today to schedule a free initial consultation!