Field sobriety tests are subject to a police officer’s observations; therefore they are not the most accurate means to determine if you are sober. Many DUI defense attorneys have challenged the accuracy of field sobriety tests in court. While these tests are meant to determine sobriety by testing balance and motor skills, there are many factors apart from alcohol which can affect a person’s performance of these tasks.
For instance, you may be nervous or misunderstand the directions that a police officer gives you. You may even be tired, ill, or just uncoordinated, and all of these factors can affect your response time, as well as your physical abilities. A Florida DUI defense attorney can use these arguments to challenge your field sobriety tests during your DUI trial.
In light of these inaccuracies, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) created a list of standardized field sobriety tests. In these NHTSA standardized tests, an officer may have you:
- Stand on one leg
- Walk a straight line and turn
- Stare at a moving pen and follow it with your eyes
However, an officer may still conduct a number of non-standardized field sobriety tests. If you want to challenge the results of your field sobriety tests, you can get the professional help of a Florida DUI defense attorney. A Florida DUI defense attorney can investigate your case, and may do what it takes to appeal your Florida DUI charge.
Contacting a Miami DUI Defense Attorney
If you are facing DUI charges in South Florida, your legal team is your best defense. Contact the Miami DUI defense attorneys at Falk & Ross to discuss your case – (877) 663-5110.