Central Florida Field Sobriety Tests
Submitting to a field sobriety test is embarrassing. It can also have serious consequences such as forming the basis for an arrest for drunk driving and administration of a Breathalyzer test.
At our Orlando law firm criminal defense Attorney N. Ryan LaBar has helped many clients charged with DUI based on wrong field sobriety tests results in Orlando and central Florida. Contact us to discuss the circumstances of your field sobriety test. Mr. LaBar has the experience and the knowledge to challenge field sobriety tests when possible.
What Are The Standard DUI Field Sobriety Tests?
When a police officer asks you to step out of your vehicle to begin a DUI investigation, he or she will ask you to perform a series of field sobriety tests. These tests were developed as a result of research sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In Florida, four tests are often administered:
- Walk and turn
- One-leg stand
- The Romberg alphabet test
- The horizontal gaze nystagmus or HGN
The walk and turn and one-leg stand are divided attention tests in which you are required to listen to and follow instructions while performing physical movements. In the alphabet test, you will be asked to recite the alphabet from A to Z in a non-singing way. The horizontal gaze nystagmus test looks for involuntary eye movements when following an object such as a pen.
These field sobriety tests are not something that you pass or fail. They are simply ways for the police officer to observe you and gather evidence. Based on the results, however, the officer may have probable cause to arrest you.
Am I Required To Take The Field Sobriety Tests?
You have no legal obligation to perform any of the field sobriety tests. The officer may arrest you even if you refuse to take the tests. However, field sobriety test refusal ensures that you will not give the officer evidence that can be used against you.
Can I Challenge The Results Of The Field Sobriety Tests?
The results of the horizontal gaze nystagmus test are often not admissible because the officer was not qualified to administer the test. Other test results may be challenged because the officer did not follow field sobriety tests procedures.
As your lawyer, N. Ryan LaBar will carefully evaluate every aspect of your field sobriety tests and subsequent arrest and determine if police violated your rights at any point in the process.
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