Understanding Field Sobriety Tests
When individuals in Woodstock and other areas in Cherokee County are pulled over for suspicion of DUI, they are often subjected to “field sobriety tests.” The testing results are often allowed in court as further evidence of your intoxication. It is important to remember that you are not required by law to submit to field sobriety testing and can decline without legal penalties. You cannot however, refuse the urine, blood or breath testing without facing repercussions. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI and field sobriety testing was included in the process, it is crucial to contact a Cherokee County DUI lawyer at once. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson, the legal team is exceptionally qualified to challenge the results of field sobriety testing as Attorney Richard Lawson is trained as an instructor for these tests and could be able to challenge any aspect of the testing that was done incorrectly.
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As field sobriety testing has so many factors that could make the results subject to doubt, the results can often be challenged in court. The alleged drunk driver could have a poor sense of balance, be extremely stressed, be sick, aged, or have difficulty in understanding orders given by law enforcement. Police administering these tests are supposed to have been carefully trained on how to administer them correctly but some officers have not had the training and consistently make errors. Questioning the officer on the procedure can be an important part of challenging any field sobriety test evidence.
Even when correctly administered, the most accurate test has only a 77% accuracy based on a study done by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. If you have been involved in a DUI arrest and some of the evidence against you is related to field sobriety tests, it is crucial that you contact the Law Offices of Richard S. Lawson at once to determine how to move forward with defending your case in court.
Contact a Cherokee County DUI Attorney from the firm if you've been arrested for a DUI that involved a field sobriety test.