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A Sacramento DUI Attorney Discusses the Problem with Field Sobriety Tests

If you face DUI charges, part of the evidence against you may be a failed field sobriety test. An experienced Sacramento DUI attorney can discuss the limitations of these tests. Countering such evidence is essential in defending you against charges.

Blood Alcohol Tests vs. Field Sobriety Tests

As your Sacramento DUI attorney can explain, blood tests (though not without problems) are generally more reliable than field sobriety tests. BAC tests carry objectivity and a scientific basis behind them while accurate field sobriety tests heavily depend on the person giving them. A Sacramento DUI attorney can provide more information about how to challenge even a BAC, if appropriate.

Subjective Nature of Field Sobriety Testing

As your Sacramento DUI lawyer can explain, field sobriety tests must be administered by a qualified officer. As such, they are prone to human error. Common types of field sobriety tests include:

  • tracking eye movements (nystagmus);
  • standing/walking heel to toe;
  • reciting the alphabet or counting backwards;
  • balance testing;
  • question and answers; and
  • date/time orientation.

As your Sacramento DUI lawyer can discuss, despite their unreliability, field sobriety tests are still used to establish probable cause for the arrest, evaluate mental impairment, and relation between possible alcohol use and driving behavior.

For Assistance from a Legal Professional

If you face DUI charges, there may still be ways to challenge poor performance on a field sobriety test. It is very important that you work with a legal professional who will do his utmost to defend you. Put an experienced Sacramento DUI attorney in your corner. Contact Param Pabla today at (916) 285-7900.

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