DUI Field Sobriety Tests in Fort Walton Beach
If you were pulled over and the police officer was suspicious that you were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the officer probably asked you to perform a set of Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs). These tests are used to evaluate the driver’s level of impairment and are normally admissible in court.
When clients meet with me about a recent Fort Walton Beach DUI arrest, one of the first questions they ask is whether or not they should have submitted to a Field Sobriety Test (FST). Many people did not feel that they were intoxicated, so they went ahead and did the tests, and still ended up in jail for the night. In other instances, people refused to take them, and still wound up in jail as well.
As you can see, the answer to the question about whether or not to do FSTs is not cut and dry, as with both options, it is still a possibility that you will be arrested. Whether you completed the Field Sobriety Tests or not, I am here to assure you that there is hope in your situation. As a Ft. Walton Beach DUI lawyer, I have been challenging FSTs in Fort Walton Beach since 2001 and I am ready to fight for you.
Field Sobriety Testing
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sanctioned three field sobriety tests: the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the one-leg stand and the walk-and-turn tests. Each of these three standardized tests are used to examine a suspect’s demeanor, determine their impairment, give them the probable cause they need to make an arrest and ultimately supply the prosecuting attorney with extra “ammunition” against you. While Field Sobriety Testing is nationally recognized as being reliable, there are several ways that an aggressive criminal defense attorney can have the relevance of the tests you performed greatly diminished and even at times deemed inadmissible in court.
Challenging Your Field Sobriety Test
I believe that every single detail of your case is significant. Not only will I keep you informed about the status of your case, and be available to you 24/7, but I will also be working on challenging the validity of the FSTs in your Fort Walton Beach DUI case. I will carefully review the reports and video evidence to look for mistakes the officer may have made while administering the FSTs and also for conditions that may have affected the outcome of your Field Sobriety Tests. These conditions include poor lighting, wet roads, uneven surfaces and misleading instructions from the officer. These factors can be used as leverage to have charges either dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.
Defending Field Sobriety Test “Fails” in Fort Walton Beach
I know that if you are reading this page you have likely already been arrested. If that is not the case, I urge you NOT to perform FSTs if you are ever pulled over in Fort Walton Beach for suspicion of Driving under the Influence. I have seen over the years that they are designed for you to fail and just give the State more evidence against you. If you were arrested and did FSTs, I urge you not to give up hope.
We will discuss your options and go over the Field Sobriety Tests that you performed and formulate a plan to minimize their impact on your case. If you did not do FSTs and were still arrested, we will tell you how we plan on attacking your DUI charge.
When you are ready to fight back and challenge your Fort Walton Beach DUI arrest, call me today at (850) 243-6097 to schedule a free consultation.