Understanding Field Sobriety Tests & Your Rights.
These field tests include:
- Walking in a straight line: The officer may ask the driver to walk along a straight line, to test balance and coordination.
- Reciting the alphabet: The driver may be asked to recite the alphabet, to test mental alertness.
- Step and turn: The driver may be asked to walk nine steps, one foot directly in front of the other, and then turn and repeat nine steps back to the start. This test checks balance and coordination and determines the driver's ability to follow direction and remember the steps requested.
- One Leg stand while counting: The driver may be asked to stand on foot with their arms at their sides while counting out loud. This tests mental alertness, balance, and ability to remember and follow directions.
The results of a field sobriety test can provide probable cause for your arrest.
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The Flaws of Field Sobriety Tests
An experienced OUI lawyer can help you challenge an OUI charge that resulted from a field sobriety test. There are many factors that could contribute to the unreliability of your field sobriety test. Such physical characteristics as your age, weight, and health could render it nearly impossible for you to pass certain field sobriety tests. Lack of education could make it difficult for you to correctly complete certain tasks. Nerves, weather, and roadside conditions can also be detrimental distractions.
It is important to enlist the services of a knowledgeable attorney who understands the law and can help you fight OUI charges received after a field sobriety test. In Massachusetts, OUI convictions carry heavy penalties, and you should never take these charges lightly. Attorney Bernard has represented clients in OUI cases for over 19 years and may be able to help you fight intoxicated driving charges based on a field sobriety test or chemical test. He has been trained and certified to administer the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which allows him to examine your case and charges in depth to determine if any problems exist with the test you were given.
Attorney Joseph Bernard will work with you to create a comprehensive defense strategy and will be your most adamant advocate. He is committed to providing each client with the detailed attention they deserve.