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About Field Sobriety Tests
When a law enforcement officer has a reasonable suspicion that you may be operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she may administer a field sobriety test. Law enforcement officers employ a broad range of field sobriety tests to determine your level of intoxication or impairment.
Some common tests include:
- Ability to touch tip of nose with finger
- Balance while standing on one leg
- Horizontal eye movement test
- Walk-and-turn test
- Ability to count forwards and backwards
While these field tests are widely used by law enforcement officers, a skilled attorney can easily call the validity of these test results into question. Factors such as fatigue, nervousness, the terrain on which the test was administered, the weather, and countless other circumstances can make any conclusions drawn from field sobriety tests invalid and it is possible to have these results suppressed.
Due to the fallibility of these tests, officers of the law employ breathalyzer tests and now blood tests in conjunction with these other field sobriety tests. Contact a Boulder DUI attorney if you have participated or refused to participate in a field sobriety test and stand accused of DUI charges.
Field Sobriety Tests in Boulder
Field sobriety test are voluntary, therefore it is advisable in most cases to refuse a field sobriety test when given the option. The best line of defense when it comes to DUI cases involving field sobriety tests is to hire a DUI attorney with actual experience handling field sobriety test cases.
At the Lancaster Law Office, LLC, our attorneys know what a police officer can and cannot when the officer suspects an individual has been operating a vehicle while intoxicated. It is in your utmost best interest to speak with a knowledgeable defense attorney before consenting to participate in any field sobriety test or before answering any incriminating questions.
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