The Uses and Misuses of a Field Sobriety Test
Most people who are stopped by the police for suspected DWI / DUI agree to do a field sobriety test. This is generally a mistake - the police want you to take the tests in order to collect evidence to use against you. However, if you did take a field sobriety test and you were arrested, an experienced DUI/DWI lawyer may be able to prevent this evidence from being used against you.
As a Certified Instructor of the types of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) used in Texas and across the country, I understand the uses and misuses of these tests. I am also knowledgeable about their shortcomings, and I know how to use the law and science to counteract their evidentiary value.
At my practice, The David Hunter Law Firm, I defend persons accused of drinking and driving and drunk-driving. I am a former Texas judge and have extensive experience as a DUI/DWI lawyer. I will build a strong and vigorous defense on your behalf.
Call 281-265-1515 for a free phone consultation. I can evaluate your case and discuss possible defense strategies with you.
Experienced Harris and Ft. Bend County DUI / DWI Lawyer
A police officer who suspects someone of driving while intoxicated commonly administers a standardized field sobriety test, which includes:
In addition, suspects are commonly asked to blow into a portable breath test (PBT).
If a person has been asked to do these a field sobriety test, the officer has almost certainly decided to make an arrest, and is seeking additional evidence to strengthen the case.
It is important to remember that these tests have some fatal flaws. Even completely sober people often fail a field sobriety test for reasons totally unrelated to alcohol consumption. For example, if you have problems with balance you will likely fail. Arthritis can make standing on one leg and turning difficult or impossible. Your nervousness and anxiety at being on the side of the road and under possible threat arrest can affect your performance and even make your perform worse.
As your DUI/DWI lawyer, I aggressively fight drunk-driving charges, using all means at my disposal. I will work to build a strong, aggressive, and effective defense designed to obtain the best possible result for you.
For a free consultation with DUI/DWI lawyer David Hunter, call his cell phone at 281-265-1515 or contact us using the form on the right. Phones are answered 24 hours a day. Or, learn more about another type of field sobriety test – the breathalyzer.
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