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Challenging Field Sobriety Test Evidence

When you are pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving, you will be subjected to a number of field sobriety tests. These tests are often the "prerequisite" for more accurate tests as a failure in any of the field tests is used as "probable cause" in proceeding to conduct a breathalyzer or blood test. The three most common field sobriety tests include:

  • Walk and turn test-individuals must walk in a straight line and turn around in prompt and clean fashion
  • One leg stand-individuals must stand on one leg with fair balance for a certain amount of time
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus-an officer will hold pen in the peripheral vision of an individual and observe their pupil and eye movements. Rapid eye fluttering may indicate intoxication.

These tests are not always correct and may lead to an unwarranted arrest and DWI charge. A Long Island DWI attorney can provide you with experience legal representation required to challenge you r field sobriety test results. These tests lack the scientific foundation that one would expect. In fact, the NHSTA reports that the most accurate of the tests, the HGN, is only 77% correct. There are many factors that could influence the outcome, including fear, nervousness, language problems, balance issues, medical conditions, age, and others.

Long Island Field Sobriety Test Defense

Field sobriety tests do not provide a reasonable amount of accuracy for establishing intoxication. Road conditions, weather and medical conditions can all affect one's ability to perform adequately in these tests. It is essential that you obtain legal representation during this difficult time. We have defended many clients in DWI cases, and challenging the aspect of field sobriety testing can be an important part of your defense case. The vast experience of our firm has provided us with great insight into all the options to defend against a DWI charge. Our firm will review your field sobriety test results and any other evidence to determine the appropriate course of action to fight for you.

Jail sentencing, heavy fines and a permanent criminal record are just some of the repercussions you can receive from a DWI conviction. You should contact Jacoby & Jacoby for the quality legal defense you need. We fight aggressively for the rights our clients and provide them with a tenacious defense in court.

Contact a Long Island field sobriety test lawyerto challenge the results of your field sobriety test and defend yourself against a DWI charge.

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