The results of a field sobriety test are anything but scientific. Even if you are doing nothing wrong, a traffic stop is a nerve-filled experience. When a person is signaled by police to pull over, their heart immediately begins to race and nerves kick in. If an officer develops any type of suspicion, next come roadside agility and attention tests.
The best way to avoid falling victim to an over zealous police officer, is to know your rights. You do not have to exit your vehicle during any point of a traffic stop. You also do not have to take part in field sobriety tests. An officer may not arrest a person as a result of their exercising constitutional rights to privacy. If this was to occur, contact the Law Office of Matthew Philbrook. I can help.
If your DUI arrest resulted from the alleged results of field sobriety tests, you need an attorney experienced in breaking down the details of each test and relating this pseudo science to a jury. I understand the fear and embarrassment you may feel. I provide individualized representation and fight for the best outcome while respecting your need for confidentiality. For aggressive and effective approach to your DUI defense case, contact my Vancouver, Washington, law office at 360-450-0956 or toll free at 888-352-4943.
You Have the Right to Refuse Field Sobriety Tests
Taking a field sobriety test is not mandatory. While I encourage anyone under investigation to be cooperative with a police officer, you have the right to politely refuse the request. Submitting to sobriety testing is at your own peril. With more subjectivity than science involved, you could be wrongly arrested and charged with a DUI.
At the Law Office of Matthew Philbrook, I get to the facts of these agility tests administered under extreme conditions. Performance that does not meet the expectations of the arresting officer can be cause by many things unrelated to intoxication.
Benefit From My Experience and Knowledge of Field Sobriety Testing
I go beyond the results of this pseudo science and look at all aspects of the field sobriety test. This includes a detailed investigation of the facts and a face to face interview with the arresting officer. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes the manual from which field sobriety tests are supposed to be administered. It is my job to know this manual better than the police. Knowing how to spot the issues, and bring the falsities of roadside testing is key to DUI defense.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced lawyer regarding a DUI arrest following a field sobriety test, please contact us.