Understanding Your Rights Regarding Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests are supposed to help police officers determine whether a driver is intoxicated. Unfortunately, these tests do not take into account many other physical factors that could impact performance. For example, a perfectly sober adult with a knee injury who is asked to perform one of these tests on uneven ground may fail.
Just Say No To Field Sobriety Tests
You have the right to refuse the standardized field sobriety tests. While the police officer will note the test refusal, saying no to the one-leg stand test, the walk-and-turn test, the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and other tests will not result in further penalties. In fact, saying no to a field sobriety test during a DUI arrest means there will be less evidence that can be used against you.
If you have been pulled over for drunk driving in Nashville, Washington County or elsewhere in Southern Illinois, just say no to field sobriety tests. If you are still charged with DUI, contact a lawyer immediately.
A Failed Field Sobriety Test May Be Challenged
Perhaps you were unaware that you could refuse. You took the field sobriety tests and now you have been charged with drunk driving. I can help. My name is attorney Tom Speedie. With more than 20 years of experience, I know how to overcome negative field sobriety test results. I know how to attack the evidence against you and pursue a positive outcome.
I will carefully review the dash cam video of your field sobriety tests, if necessary. I will examine all of the evidence that is being used against you. If I find any weaknesses, or if I determine that your rights were violated, I will use this information to strengthen your case. Even if the evidence against you seems strong, there may be options to reduce the penalties.