Common Field Sobriety Tests
It is not uncommon for a person who is pulled over under suspicion of DUI to be subjected to one or more field sobriety tests. These tests are intended to gauge level of impairment by dividing a person’s attention in a similar way to how it is divided while driving a car. However, even in the best circumstances, field sobriety tests are subjectively judged. This places many drivers at the mercy of an arresting officer.
A DUI conviction has significant professional and personal ramifications. In addition to fines and potential jail time, there is a stigma attached to DUI that can make certain aspects of life, such getting a job, more difficult. If you find yourself facing charges of driving under the influence, contact the law offices of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP. By dialing 760-722-7646, you can speak to one of our experienced Oceanside DUI defense attorneys.
Types of Tests
The most common tests to measure inebriation are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “standardized field sobriety tests.” These include:
- Following an object with the eyes test (horizontal gaze nystagmus)
- Walk-and-turn test
- One-leg-stand test
Unfortunately, not everyone who is pulled over under suspicion of DUI is asked to perform these standardized tests. Instead, officers often require suspects to perform one of the following non-standardized tests:
- Finger-to-nose test
- Recite the alphabet backwards
Statistics show that these tests can be deeply flawed, with about a 23% rate of false positives for people who are actually sober. Just because you have failed a sobriety test and been arrested does not mean you will be found guilty. You need to fight for your rights.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, you need the help of the dedicated Oceanside DUI lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP. Call 760-722-7646 to discuss the options presented by your case.