Field Sobriety Tests
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Field Sobriety Test Defense in Florida
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When an individual has been pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk, the officer may ask them to go through a series of things to test their agility. This is an approach intended to determine if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs and thus impaired in operating their vehicle. These are called Field Sobriety Tests (FST) and following them, the officer may decide to arrest the driver. If you have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, you should contact a Gainesville DUI defense attorney as soon as you possibly can.
Field sobriety tests are administered and closely watched by the police officer who stopped the driver. It is up to the officer to make observations in the process of these tests of motor skills, coordination and balance, and with what he sees, decide whether to arrest the driver suspected of being drunk or drugged.
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Many people believe that field sobriety tests detect alcohol level in the blood, but this is not true. There are a number of things which can cause an individual to fail a field sobriety test, other than a blood alcohol concentration or drug level in the system. Such things as slippery road surface, poor lighting or a medical condition which can make the individual unable to perform actions or motions requested by the police officer.
Currently there are only three kinds of field sobriety tests approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Walk and turn
- One-leg stand
- Horizontal gaze nystagmus (rapid and involuntary eye movement)
If you or anyone in your family has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you need to get in touch with an attorney experienced with all aspects of DUI law. This firm is tough and experienced and knows how urgent it is to act quickly after any DUI arrest or charge. We represent clients aggressively and with their future and best interests in mind.
Contact a Gainesville DUI lawyer as soon as possible after any DUI charge for honest and tough legal representation for your case.