Sobriety Test – DUI / DWI Arrest
Should I Answer Sobriety Test Questions?
Any police officer trained to identify a drunk driving suspect is likely to seek information about alcohol consumption or drug usage from the person under investigation. Most people think that a sobriety test requested by a law enforcement officer has been scientifically proven to “detect” a person’s inebriation. This is completely false.
Well-trained impaired driving lawyers know that every one of the so-called field sobriety tests used by police are not scientifically correlated to how to calculate blood alcohol level of that driver. This is why you should refuse any sobriety test offered by an officer investigating you for drunken driving or drugged driving.
The deputy or state trooper asking you to perform knows that all roadside sobriety tests are optional and voluntary. However, you will not be told that you do not have to attempt a single sobriety “field test.” You can say NO, or ask to call a criminal defense attorney before doing any roadside agility exercises or eye tests, or answering any DUI sobriety test questions.
Before any field sobriety tests are sought by a policeman or police woman investigating a drunk driver, interrogation–that is not likely to require Miranda warnings–will be targeted to getting the DUI suspect to self- incriminate. If you admit drinking alcohol or admit using ANY drug–prescribed, illegal or over the counter–these words will be taken down for your police report, and used against you at court later. You are only required to give your correct name and your correct address.
If you are arrested for any offense, especially driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you need to seek immediate legal assistance from a skilled, experienced DWI defense lawyer. If this is your first experience with criminal law, do not think that you can handle this case by yourself. You need to have a criminal lawyer by your side. To win in the criminal justice system, you need to have a better lawyer than the prosecution.
When you seek to hire a private DUI defense or DWI defense attorney, ask questions about total number of criminal law TRIALS he or she has under his or her belt. Ask the criminal attorney if he or she has taken the 3-day standardized field sobriety test “practitioner” course. This is called the NHTSA field sobriety course, which is the same training a law enforcement officer is supposed to take.
The most highly trained criminal defense lawyer who specialize in driving while impaired cases have also taken the NHTSA SFST “instructor” course. He or she will also have completed training on how to measure blood alcohol level, as well as basic breathalyzer machine training. These forensic science training courses are basic training to be able to defend your driving while intoxicated prosecution.
In summary, if you have a DUI – DWI case pending, regardless of the BAC level claimed by police, and regardless of whether you attempted to take the field sobriety tests, you need to hire a capable, knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer for your DWI defense.
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