Challenging the Field Sobriety Test

If you have been arrested for DUI after taking the field sobriety tests, you may be wondering how to challenge the results. Although these tests are not much more accurate than simply thinking that someone looks drunk, they are widely used as evidence in California DUI cases.

At The Law Offices of Michael L. Davidson, our San Mateo DUI defense lawyers have successfully challenged field sobriety test results on behalf of clients throughout the Bay Area. Based in San Mateo, we have defended thousands of clients against drunk driving charges.

The Flaws of Roadside DUI Testing

Although people who are suspected of DUI have every right to refuse the field sobriety tests, many choose to take these tests because they do not want to antagonize the police. There are several approaches to challenging the test results, including the following:

How Accurate Are The Tests?

Even when all three of the standard field sobriety tests are administered correctly, studies show that 63 percent of sober people will fail them. Many people have concluded that these tests are “designed to fail” and are virtually useless for predicting whether someone has actually been driving drunk.

Did The Office Conduct The Test Properly?

Many police officers do not administer the field sobriety tests correctly, either because they have forgotten their training, they are rushing through the process, or they have been given inaccurate information about how the tests work. Many officers also do not record the results of these tests accurately.

Were There Other Factors Affecting Performance?

There are many factors that can cause a person who is not drunk to fail the field sobriety tests, including that person’s physical condition and the condition of the surface where the tests are conducted.

Contact a DUI Attorney About Contesting Field Sobriety Tests Today!

Attorney Michael L. Davidson has more than 40 years of experience defending clients against DUI charges.

Our DUI attorneys proudly represent clients throughout the entire Bay Area including these cities on the Peninsula:

  • San Mateo
  • Redwood City
  • Foster City
  • San Bruno
  • South San Francisco
  • Palo Alto
  • Burlingame

If you have been arrested for DUI after failing the field sobriety tests, do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your options. For a free consultation, call us at 650-573-8000 or send us an e-mail.

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