What is a field sobriety test?
Law enforcement officers across the country utilize field sobriety tests to estimate if a driver is driving impaired. Field sobriety tests are used as evidence by local prosecutors when filing DUI / DWI charges against individuals. However, the validity of field sobriety tests has been called into question by criminal defense and DUI lawyers across the country. Therefore, just because someone did not perform well on any given field sobriety test, doesn’t mean they will be easily convicted of driving under the influence or driving while impaired.
If you’ve been arrested for DUI / DWI, it is a good idea to speak with an experienced local attorney who has successfully represented clients charged with drinking and driving or driving while impaired.
Below are the types of field sobriety tests commonly given to drivers suspected of DUI / DWI:
- Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
- Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests