Field Sobriety Tests in CA
Trust in DUI Attorneys Who Operate as a Team
For years, police officers have used field sobriety tests as a way to determine
(or - more accurately for most cases -
guess) if a driver is indeed intoxicated. While these tests are common and considered
reliable by law enforcement, the truth of the matter is that the ‘evidence’
they provide is far from trustworthy. If you were arrested for DUI based
on a field sobriety test or a series of tests, know that there is hope.
It is possible to successfully disprove the results of a field sobriety
test or discredit the notion that they prove a person is intoxicated,
and get a DUI case dismissed as a result.
At Campbell Whitten, we know just how unreliable field sobriety tests really
are. We utilize creative defense strategies and outside-the-box thinking
to fight back on behalf of our clients. By operating as a cohesive team,
our Bakersfield DUI lawyers are capable of dismantling evidence that is
the basis of a prosecutor’s case. Our goal is to obtain the results
you need and it starts by carefully assessing all the details of your arrest.
Disproving the Reliability of Field Sobriety Tests
While there are a number of different field sobriety tests, the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration currently recommends just three,
- The horizontal gaze nystagmus test
- The walk-and-turn test
- The one-leg stand test
When these tests are performed, the officer is looking for clues to indicate
a certain level of intoxication. Numerous studies, however, show that
these are coordination tests, rather than tests of sobriety, and they
are not rooted in convincing scientific evidence. Put simply, it is a
myth to say that someone who fails a field sobriety test is intoxicated
because the tests
cannot prove this.
Our legal team will look into numerous factors that may indicate why you
failed, including your medical history. We also know that in most cases,
the officer’s report detailing your performance on field sobriety
tests is based entirely on memory and offers no probable cause to have
actually arrested you in the first place. One of the most effective ways
to attack a critical piece of the prosecutor's case is to discredit
the results of a field sobriety test. Why? Because they are not reliable
and we are prepared to show this in the courtroom.
Our Bakersfield Firm has Handled Thousands of Cases
The outcome of your case hinges on the legwork that our firm puts in at
the very beginning. We take the time to understand your unique situation
and will move forward based on our findings. Having handled thousands
of cases, we can confidently say that we’re comfortable in the courtroom
and refuse to let unexpected circumstances weaken our aggressive tactics.
Don’t wait any longer to protect your future against a DUI conviction. Our
Bakersfield DUI lawyers can begin preparing your case as soon as you call, so
get in touch with us today!