DUI/DWI Defense Against Field Tests
A police officer has the right to pull you over if he or she suspects you are impaired by alcohol or drugs. He or she will then conduct a field sobriety test. The field sobriety test can consist of several exercises, including:
- Finger-to-nose test
- Horizontal gaze test
- Walk-and-turn test
- Reciting the alphabet
- The ability to stand on one leg
There are many reasons a person might fail a field sobriety test. Fatigue, age, weight, nervousness, physical illness, depression may hamper your ability to do some of these tests. The conditions around you may have made the test difficult. Was the road uneven? Was the lighting or weather bad?
Your inability to complete some of the field sobriety tests does not mean that you were unfit to drive. Undoubtedly you also did many things correctly while pulled over, stopped and responding to the police officer. These are equally valid indicators of lack of impairment.
There are always opportunities for an experienced DUI defense lawyer to challenge the results of a field test or a breath test. Don’t assume that because you couldn’t stand on one foot, you have no defense. Never plead guilty or no contest until you’ve talked to a lawyer.
At the law office of Epstein & Robbins, our DUI defense attorneys know that good people can run into big problems when it comes to charges of drunk driving in north Florida. We are here to help. We provide aggressive, dedicated and skillful defense to clients arrested in north Florida.
- For answers to your questions about the DUI/DWI defense and the administrative and criminal process, see our Drunk Driving FAQ.
When the odds seem to be against you, put our experience on your side. We’ve helped thousands of drivers protect their license (see our DUI/DWI defense successes). Contact a DWI defense lawyer online at the Jacksonville law office of Epstein & Robbins or call 904-354-5645.