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What Are Field Sobriety Tests?

Tomeo Sills, LLC Represents Individuals Accused of DUI

In the state of Connecticut, field sobriety tests are a standardized method used by law enforcement officials to determine, or assist in determining, whether or not probable cause exists to arrest an individual for DUI. When an officer suspects that a person has been driving under the influence, they will usually ask them to exit their vehicle to perform a field sobriety test. These tests utilize physical tasks that the person will need to perform to prove that they are capable of safely driving their vehicle.

Types of Field Sobriety Tests

The three types of field sobriety tests utilized by law enforcement are:

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Are You Required To Do a Field Sobriety Test?

While police officers are not mandated to administer the tests, they will ask the driver to perform them in almost every DUI investigation. In addition to this, under the Fifth Amendment, drivers who have been suspected of committing a DUI are not obligated to do anything that could incriminate them, which includes taking field sobriety tests. If you were arrested for DUI after taking a field sobriety test, Tomeo Sills, LLC can represent you in this matter.

Complications with Field Sobriety Tests

DUI cases that involve field sobriety tests are often complicated. By simply making one mistake, law enforcement officials can say that you did not perform the tests to the standard.

There are many issues that can adversely impact a field sobriety test, such as:

  • Nervousness from individuals taking the test
  • Complicated & lengthy instructions
  • Misinterpretation
  • Miscommunication
  • The emotional stress of being arrested
  • The flashing lights of the police officers car
  • Noise from the traffic at the scene
  • A person’s physical conditioning
  • Weather conditions

In addition to this, the police report version of what transpired during the tests may not be a completely accurate portrayal. Field sobriety tests are essentially used to boost a police officer’s conclusion that a driver is under the influence.

Connecticut DUI Lawyers Extensively Investigating All Sides of the Story

At Tomeo Sills, LLC, we know that there is usually far more to the whole story than what law enforcement provides. Making a mistake on a field sobriety test does not necessarily mean that you were driving under the influence. Our Connecticut DUI attorneys will extensively investigate the entire situation from all sides, determine if errors or violations were committed by police officers during the investigation, and put together the strongest possible defense on your behalf.

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