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Walk the Line

Why field sobriety tests are inconclusive, and how you might be paying for it in the end

Even if you’ve never been in a DUI situation before, chances are you have seen it on TV or in the movies – A police officer pulls over a young man or a frazzled business woman and asks the driver about where he or she was heading or coming from; the response in return, isn’t what the officer was looking for. The driver is asked to step out of the car and to perform a series of strange tasks in an effort to determine if they are sober or not. The problem here: a lot of those tasks are things that the average person has never tried before.

You don’t have to be drunk to stumble when attempting to walk in a straight line—especially in a moment of stress, or while wearing heels. Putting your finger on your nose might seem simple enough, until you try it with a police officer watching you, in the dark, with flashing lights all around you. Stress can cause people to act in ways they normally wouldn’t have and being pulled over by the police creates an environment that is designed for you to fail. Field sobriety tests are not a fair assessment of whether you are intoxicated.

Stress Test

Being charged with a DUI is very serious. You will rarely, if ever, successfully pass a field sobriety test because they so not count the things you do correctly, only the things you do incorrectly. You need to contact a DUI attorney immediately.

If you are pulled over for a field sobriety test, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  1. Never explain to the officer that you “only had” a couple of drinks. This hands the officer evidence that you were drinking, and even if you are to maintain that you are under the legal limit, you are providing evidence against your case.
  2. Take a deep breath and calm down. The worst thing you can do in a field sobriety test is panic. This will make everything more difficult to handle and will likely prevent you from properly completing the tasks.
  3. Call a DUI attorney right away. Make sure that you log everything that happened when you were taking the field sobriety test and that you partner with an attorney as quickly as possible. The sooner you have an attorney on your side, the faster your case can be made in your favor.

Getting pulled over for any reason is a stressful experience, but being charged with a DUI is potentially life-changing. If you were recently pulled over and put through a field sobriety test, only to be charged with a DUI, then contact The APEX Law Firm to schedule a free-consultation. Having a DUI attorney on your side can make all the difference.