If you're facing a DUI charge, you may have taken a field sobriety test (FST) at the time of your arrest. FSTs are designed to test your physical and cognitive abilities to determine if you're under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, these tests are not always accurate and can be challenged in court. Here are five ways to challenge FSTs in a DUI case:
1. Lack of Standardization
FSTs are standardized tests that require specific instructions and procedures. If the officer administering the test did not follow the proper protocol, the results could be inaccurate.
2. Physical Limitations
Certain medical conditions or physical disabilities can affect your ability to perform FSTs. If you have a condition that affects your balance or coordination, for example, your results may be skewed.
3. Environmental Factors
The conditions in which the FST was administered can also affect the results. If the ground was uneven or slippery, for example, it could impact your ability to perform the test.
4. Officer Bias
Officers may have a preconceived notion of your guilt or innocence before administering the FST. This bias can affect how they interpret the results of the test.
5. Improper Administration
If the officer administering the FST did not give clear instructions or did not demonstrate the test properly, the results could be unreliable.
Have Legal Guidance on Your Side
Challenging FSTs can be a complex process, so it's important to work with an experienced DUI defense attorney who can help build a strong defense. At The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, we deeply understand the laws surrounding DUI cases and can help you navigate the legal system. Contact us today to learn more about our 10 Defenses to a DUI Charge services.