Field Sobriety Tests
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Field sobriety tests are a tool law enforcement officers use to determine
whether a person is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If
a person fails initial field sobriety tests the officer will most likely
ask for a
breathalyzer test to determine the blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver, and upon finding a BAC of .08% or above, will make an arrest.
Field sobriety tests are not entirely accurate and can be performed improperly
to give incorrect results. For instance, a driver may have a medical condition
that prohibits him/her from walking in a straight line or a mental condition
that limits his/her abilities to say the alphabet backward. In addition,
portable breath testing (breathalyzer tests) can be inaccurate due to
a number of factors: improper calibration, use, or certification.
DUI defense attorneys understand what to look for in improper field sobriety
testing, effectively protecting your rights and helping to get evidence
suppressed. We are dedicated to helping St. Petersburg and
Tampa residents with their DUI cases and use our extensive knowledge and experience
in the field to maintain your rights and freedom.
Florida Field Sobriety Test Information
Common field sobriety tests performed in Florida include:
- One-leg stand
- Walk & turn (walking in a straight line, toe to heel)
- Following an object or light with the eyes
- Counting backward
- Finger-to-nose (closing the eyes and touching the nose with the index finger)
- Saying the alphabet backward
- PBT (portable breath test) such as a breathalyzer
If you have been arrested for DUI based on field sobriety tests, our experienced
defense attorneys can help. Let us review your testing and make sure none
of your rights were violated and that all tests were performed properly.
If they weren’t, we can use that to help win your case.
Have you been arrested for DUI in St. Petersburg or Tampa? Contact our offices today!