Field Sobriety Tests
What is involved in a Los Angeles DUI charge?
There are usually two aspects of a DUI charge in California.
- The first is DUI "per se," which is a DUI charge based solely off the driver's BAC
- The second part is based on whether the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Field sobriety tests are vital in the latter part of a DUI charge: the evidence of impairment of the driver. If you have been arrested, tour Los Angeles DUI attorney can use field sobriety tests as a defense for your case and to help you avoid maximum penalties for your charges.
Actual Accuracy of Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests are not entirely accurate. In fact, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted an evaluation of the three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs), the results showed that the most effective test was only 77% accurate.
These tests are not accurate because several factors can skew the results:
- Nervousness and/or fatigue
- Physical condition or injury
- Naturally poor coordination
- Unclear instructions and directions
- Poor road or weather conditions
Work with Proven DUI Defense Lawyers at Gold & Witham
Field sobriety tests are based on the observation of a law enforcement officer and not a chemical analysis, making them more prone to error than a chemical test; therefore, they can often be easily challenged. When evidence is based on observation by an individual, it becomes a gray area. At our firm, we can use the results of your field sobriety tests to prove that you were not impaired or that any impairment shown was actually the result of another factor.
If you have been administered field sobriety tests and then arrested for DUI, it is strongly advised that you contact Gold & Witham without delay so a free initial case evaluation can be done. After this evaluation, your questions will be answered and you will know how to move forward to protect yourself in the courts. Law enforcement and the courts are harsh on drunk driving and will be fighting to convict you. Don't take chances with your future! If you submitted to field sobriety testing—the walk and turn, one leg stand, or horizontal gaze nystagmus—you will need to consult a DUI lawyer at Gold & Witham immediately. Let us help protect your future!