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About Field Sobriety Tests in Phoenix
If you have been charged with DUI, it is likely that you were asked by the officer who cited you to take a field sobriety test. These tests are administered when someone is suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol. The purpose of these tests is to determine if a person is intoxicated. They typically involve simple physical actions, but can also involve mental processes such as counting backwards. If you are asked to take a sobriety test and fail the test, you will most likely be charged with DUI. The test results will then be used against you as evidence of your intoxication. If you refuse to take the test, you can still be arrested. Not agreeing to the testing can also be used to show you were afraid you wouldn't pass them.
Field sobriety testing is a controversial subject due to inconsistencies in testing procedures, improperly executed tests, and incorrect evaluations of test results. A Phoenix DUI defense lawyer should be contacted immediately if you have been charged with DUI after being given a sobriety test. There are many ways to challenge these tests in court. A knowledgeable
attorney will thoroughly investigate your testing to find any procedural errors that can be used in your defense.
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The prosecution will introduce different types of evidence during a DUI trial when pursuing a conviction. This usually includes the results of field sobriety testing. There are various methods of sobriety testing recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Some of the more common ones used by police are:
- Counting the number of fingers the officer raises
- The "horizontal gaze nystagmus" eye test
- Standing on one leg
- Reciting a part of the alphabet
- Counting backwards
The Wallin Law Firm has extensive DUI case experience and will know how to properly analyze and evaluate your sobriety testing. Addressing testing issues should be done as soon as possible if you are facing DUI charges.
Contact a Phoenix Field Sobriety Test Attorney
from our firm to get your sobriety tests reviewed and for capable legal representation when fighting DUI charges.