What Are Field Sobriety Tests?

Today, we are citizens that are constantly on the go. From the instant we wake up each morning we begin to process not only must be done for ourselves, but for the others around us as well. From errands, to work, to even involvement with school and social activities our day only seems to end and start back up in the blink of an eye. However, when we are doing our many tasks we expect things to not only go smoothly, but fast, and efficient.

Many people today are falsely accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is not uncommon for an individual to come across a roadblock or be pulled over and asked the question, “So, have you had anything to drink this evening?” Sometimes a cop, or other law enforcement entity is bound to actually catch someone that truly is breaking the law. However, most of the time it is just an innocent person that is inevitably wasting their time, and taxpayer’s money.

When a person is accused of drinking and driving they are asked to participate in a field sobriety test. Of course, you can refuse, but whether or not your innocent or guilty many states today have laws that ban or suspend a person’s license for a period of time.

When you step out the car the examination will try to pinpoint a few key factors such as balance, response, and coordination. Usually, it will be walking a straight line, or through cones. Officers will always examine the physical traits of a person to see if blood shot eyes, slurred speech, or if the odor of alcohol or other drugs is apparent on the person or within the vehicle. A breathalyzer examine or blood test can also be asked for a person to participate in, but most of the time the results are faulty, or can be easily mixed up among other possibilities.

With people at a steady go, people tend to become disgruntled or upset if their time is wasted, especially with the possibility of being accused of being behind the wheel drinking or using drugs. Although in some cases those individuals using and abusing are caught, many tax dollars are wasted on efforts that are unnecessary, or frankly useless by some law enforcement officers trying to just make a little more pay here or there.

At The DUI Clinic, we like to say that friends don’t let friends plead guilty. While many people who have been charged with a DUI are proven guilty, many are not. We can help you level the playing field and get the best results for you. Our goal is to minimize the impact of a DUI charge on your life. Call us today at 888-4-DUI-CLINIC to get you started on your DUI case now.


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