Field Sobriety Tests

Have you failed a field sobriety test?

Law enforcement officers will often use a field sobriety test to determine if a person is intoxicated. According to the National Highway Traffic Statistics Association, a standard field sobriety test (SFST) has been discovered to have an accuracy of 95% in its ability to determine if a person is intoxicated. If you have been charged with a DUI after failing a field sobriety test, you may be able to prove your innocence with the help of a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer.

How a Field Sobriety Test Works

When an officer pulls a driver over, he or she may check to see if the driver smells of alcohol or if the driver's speech is slurred. If the officer suspects that a driver is intoxicated, he or she may then administer a field sobriety test. The three most common tests in the state of California are the walk and turn, the one leg stand and the horizontal gaze nystagmus.

  • Walk and turn - walk in a straight line, heel to toe, turn and walk the other way
  • One leg stand - stand on one leg, with the other raised slightly off the ground
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus - follow a light or object with your eyes

The accuracy of the SFST is an essential part of a prosecutor's case. However, the SFST's are based on a theory that everyone who is drunk is therefore uncoordinated. If a driver fails any component of a field sobriety test, it is assumed that their BAC is above 0.08% or that they must be impaired by something. These tests may not be a fair indication of a driver's ability to drive, and a DUI attorney from our firm may be able to help you fight a DUI charge from a failed field sobriety test.

A Los Angeles DUI Attorney for Compelling Legal Defense

A lawyer from Diamond & Associates will be by your side from the very beginning to investigate your charges and to have your charges lessened or dropped altogether. DUI charges can result in hefty fines and driving privilege restrictions that will hinder your ability to carry on with everyday life. Thankfully, you have another option. With our firm, you can be confident that your field sobriety test results will be aggressively challenged and your rights protected. We provide vigilant and exceptional legal support for our clients, and we offer you a free consultation to discuss your case.

When you have failed a field sobriety test, contact a Los Angeles DUI defense attorney at Diamond & Associates. We can provide you with support and legal guidance to successfully fight your DUI charges.