Field Sobriety Tests
Our Houston DWI Lawyers Can Challenge Test Results
Police administer field sobriety tests to determine if a driver was operating
a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. But was the officer qualified
to give the test? Did he or she change the rules and add more challenges
than are warranted? If you were arrested for DWI and “failed” the
breath test or field sobriety tests, your case is far from over. You have the opportunity
to enlist the services of a
Houston DWI attorney who knows how to challenge these tests and secure a dismissal of DWI charges.
Our founding attorney,
Jed Silverman, is a licensed standardized field sobriety test operator and has performed
this test on hundreds of people across Texas. Jed Silverman understands
that "standardized" is the key word here: people come in a myriad
of shapes, sizes, and physical conditions; their mental and emotional
states may vary from hour to hour. Executing a test that truly treats
everyone the same does not necessarily provide an accurate measure of
sobriety. This presents defense opportunities our team is adept at recognizing
and using to our advantage.
What Factors Can Influence Field Sobriety Test Results?
The administration of field sobriety tests, such as the one-leg stand,
walk-and-turn or horizontal gaze nystagmus, are one of the methods used
by police to gauge a driver's ability to operate a motor vehicle.
Ostensibly, these tests are made for identifying inebriation, but there
are many other factors that could inhibit one’s ability to pass
a field sobriety test besides alcohol consumption, including:
- Mental disorders (dyslexia, ADD)
- Physical disabilities
Inappropriate test locations, on uneven pavement or high-traffic areas
that provide too many distractions, may also adversely affect their outcome.
When our team takes on a new DWI case, we look at all factors that may
have affected field sobriety test results in order to determine how we
can use this to our client’s benefit.
Contact our offices at (713) 597-2221 today to talk about your arrest, field sobriety tests and other aspects
of your case.