The Unreliability of Field Sobriety Tests
One of the main types of evidence that the state uses in DUI cases is the field sobriety test. However, field sobriety tests can be very unreliable, and if a majority of the state’s case against you depends on such a test, your Sacramento DUI attorney may be able to fight the charges.
The unreliability of field sobriety tests lies in the fact that they can be affected by external factors. Consider the police officer’s old standby, the walk-and-turn coordination test. This passing this test requires the suspect to walk in a straight line without stumbling. But what if the test was administered on a sloped shoulder of a road covered in gravel? These tests are also unreliable because the officer has nothing to compare your results to. Perhaps you are naturally uncoordinated and would have failed the test even while sober.
There are still significant problems with field sobriety tests that are based on physiological evidence of intoxication. The police officer may administer a horizontal gaze nystagmus test. Nystagmus is the medical term for the involuntary twitching of the eyeball and can in some cases suggest intoxication. However, using this test does not account for naturally occurring nystagmus, and if your eyeballs move that way even when you’re sober, it may dramatically weaken the state’s case.
If you have been charged with a DUI in Sacramento, you need an experienced Sacramento DUI attorney who can find the weaknesses in the state’s case against you. Call Sacramento DUI attorney Param Pabla today for a consultation.