Know Your Rights Concerning Field Sobriety Tests

Field sobriety tests are a common part of most traffic stops for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI). Contrary to popular belief, these tests are not used as an objective measure of intoxication level. Rather, they are highly subjective and are often difficult for even a sober person to perform. It is usually in the driver's best interest to refuse to perform these tests.

If you have already been charged with drunk driving, and a field sobriety test was part of your arrest, you need experienced legal counsel who can challenge the results of such tests as part of a comprehensive criminal defense plan.

At the law firm of Stanley E. Peacock, P.A., our Bay County defense lawyer has more than 30 years of experience, including working as an assistant state attorney and a Panama City public defender. Stanley Peacock has handled cases on both sides of the courtroom and he will put this unique experience to work when it comes to defending your rights.

Challenging The Results Of Field Sobriety Tests

When it comes to DUI/DWI charges, we will begin building your defense from the moment you were pulled over, including challenging the results of any field sobriety tests you may have engaged in. For example, we will determine whether the officer who performed the tests was properly trained in the administration of the test. We will look at any environmental factors that may have contributed to a poor performance such as an uneven road grade. We can also determine whether any ailments or disabilities you have may have unfairly skewed the results.

It is important to distinguish field sobriety tests from breath, blood or urine tests that may be performed after you have been taken into custody. Refusing the Breathalyzer or refusing to allow your blood or urine to be sampled can result in additional criminal charges and penalties. Although breath and fluid tests are considered to be a more reliable indicator of intoxication, we will also look for any discrepancies or procedural errors in these tests as part of our thorough defense.

Contact Our Defense Lawyer If You Have Been Charged With DUI In Florida

A poor performance on field sobriety tests does not prohibit us from challenging the results of these tests. We will work hard to protect your rights and help you achieve the best possible results in your case. Contact us online or call 850-215-2112 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.