The Role of Field Sobriety Tests in DUI/DWI Cases

Prior to arresting someone for a DUI in Utah, the police must administer a series of tests known as field sobriety tests. These are the standard tests you are probably familiar with, such as walking in a straight line, touching your nose, etc. Based on the results of these tests, the officer will make a decision regarding a DUI arrest.

Were These Tests Administered Correctly?

While you may not know if the police conducted the field sobriety tests according to protocol, Tyler Ayres will

For a free initial consultation regarding you DUI defense, call Tyler today at (801) 255-5555 or send us an e-mail.

There are Various Reasons a Field Sobriety Test May be Administered Incorrectly

Even though administering a field sobriety test may seem quite straightforward, there are many mistakes a cop can make. For example, you may be asked to perform the heel-to-toe test over potholes, ice, or other obstacles.

The arresting officer may not have been trained on field sobriety testing for many years and he may rarely administer them. If this is the case, you have the beginning of a defense on the mistakes he/she may have made in administering the test.

Your Attorney Will Investigate the Field Sobriety Tests

Many police cars are equipped with cameras that record field sobriety tests. Additionally, the police officer must carefully document the entire incident. These two pieces of evidence can very often provide sufficient evidence of errors in the handling of a field sobriety test.

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If you have been cited for a DUI anywhere in Utah, contact Tyler Ayres at (801) 255-5555 or send us an email.