chemical tests, which one must submit to in the state of Connecticut,
field sobriety tests (FSTs) are not legally required, nor will refusing one lead to the same
administrative or criminal consequences you would face when refusing a
chemical test. FSTs include:
Often, when requesting suspected
DUI offenders to submit to an FST, an officer has made up his or her mind
and is simply collecting additional evidence from your inevitable failure
at performing these tests. Even the slightest mistake can give law enforcement
officials the power to say that you were too incapacitated to successfully
perform. Therefore, it is in your best interest not to submit to an FST.
Although these tests were initially developed to evaluate the relationship
between physical coordination and intoxication and impairment, they are
not accurate indicators of sobriety or the lack thereof. Being stopped
by a police officer is intimidating and can cause nervousness, misinterpretation,
and miscommunication, which may paint an incredibly skewed version of
A vast amount of criticism exists for FSTs, primarily regarding the contradiction
between why they were first developed and their current usage in courts.
Manuals for defense attorneys commonly note that many outside elements
can adversely impact the accuracy of them, including officer bias, pressures
placed on the individual, the testing environment, and even the nature
of the tests themselves. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) itself admits that any deviations from standardized
procedures detrimentally impact the accuracy.
At Tomeo Sills, LLC, we understand that mistakes made during FSTs do not
reflect your sobriety and that there is a bigger story to be told that
standing on one leg simply cannot reveal. Our Connecticut DUI attorneys
will investigate the entire situation and ensure that your rights do not
get trampled on. Call us for a free consultation at 844-913-7747.