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Field sobriety tests are not always accurate

On Behalf of | May 12, 2022 | DUI |

While the police consider field sobriety tests as viable measures of a person’s alcohol impairment, it is not always the case. These tests are not perfect, and there is always the possibility of inaccurate results.

If the police make a DUI arrest based on wrong field sobriety results, your case could take a different turn. Here is what you need to know.

What could lead to inaccurate results?

Several things can lead to wrong results of a field sobriety test. For example, the officer administering the test could issue incorrect instructions. Alternatively, you could be too nervous to get them right. As a result, you could end up performing poorly.

Health conditions that affect your vision or physical balance could lead to wrong conclusions about your sobriety. Other reasons, such as the weather or poor road surfaces, can negatively affect the accuracy of these field sobriety tests.

How will it impact your case?

If the results of your field sobriety were inaccurate, it could mean that the police did not have probable cause to arrest you in the first place. Any evidence obtained from the unlawful detention may be inadmissible in court.

It may be hard to prove your DUI charges in such a case, and the prosecution could have no other choice than to drop or reduce your charges.

Are you facing DUI charges?

Disputing the accuracy of your field sobriety test is just one of the many defense strategies that you may use when going against your DUI case. Therefore, it is advisable to seek an informed opinion of other aspects of your DUI case that could be helpful when planning your defense. There is a lot at stake in a DUI, including your freedom, and you cannot leave anything to chance.