Part of the job of your Fort Worth DWI defense attorney is to analyze the evidence that is used against you. Field sobriety tests are often part of the evidence used against DUI defendants.
Reasons for Field Sobriety Tests
Your Fort Worth DWI defense attorney can explain that there are many purposes for law enforcement officers to use field sobriety tests. The primary reason is because they allow officers to develop the probable cause that is necessary to make an arrest. Additionally, a law enforcement officer may use this type of test to establish the physical or mental impairment that existed at the time that the defendant was driving or to establish the general relationship between the alcohol consumed and the driving patterns.
Types of Field Sobriety Tests
Your Fort Worth DWI defense lawyer can explain that there are a number of field sobriety tests. For example, a law enforcement officer may have suspects touch their nose with their finger, recite the alphabet forward or backward, count backward, trace a pencil with his or her eyes or count their fingers. There are also a number of balancing tests. Some law enforcement officers may ask suspects to pick up coins, recite certain information, stand on one leg, walk a line or stand heel to toe.
Problems with Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests are often a poor indication of a person’s level of sobriety or driving impairment. This is largely due to the subjective nature of these tests.
If you would like to know about challenges you can make to field sobriety tests, contact Bryan Hoeller by calling 877-208-3382.