Field Sobriety Tests

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    Were you recently pulled over and charged with DUI? If you were, it is likely that you had to take field sobriety tests. These tests are intended to measure your level of sobriety. These tests usually involve the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the walk and run and the one leg stand.


    If you performed poorly on these and police officers are using this as evidence that you were driving while intoxicated, The Law Office of James Dunn can provide you with the aggressive legal defense you need!

    Sometimes other factors besides intoxication can result in an individual failing his/her field sobriety tests. For example, often times medication or illnesses can affect functions such as balance and coordination. If you are overweight, have balance issues or wore improper footwear are all contributing causes to failing a field sobriety test. Age and weight can also contribute to how well you perform on field sobriety tests. Were you sick or tired? This can also affect your performance.

    At other times, individuals are forced to complete field sobriety tests in an area that is not well-lit or where the pavement or ground is cracked or uneven. Was the area in which you performed the test free of debris and obstructions? Was the road wet? Was it extremely dark? Did the officer clearly explain to you and demonstrate how to carry out each test?

    Also, nervousness or officer intimidation can affect your performance. And ultimately, some officers are not trained enough to determine whether or not your judgment or other bodily functions were impaired because of alcohol. Field sobriety tests are not always the best way to measure whether or not an individual is intoxicated.

    Another important question you can answer is were you coerced into performing field sobriety tests? You do have the right to refuse to take a field sobriety test and an officer should advise you of this. We can help you disprove your field sobriety test results and will utilize every resource within our reach to uphold your innocence and fight for your rights!


    No matter what the details surrounding your field sobriety test results, The Law Office of James Dunn can assist you in investigating your case and crafting the most compelling defense possible. The most important step you can take is to hire an aggressive, skilled and experienced DUI defense attorney on your side immediately. The longer you wait to secure the legal representation you need, the colder the evidence that could be used to exonerate you gets.

    Don’t be afraid or powerless anymore! Schedule a free consultation with an expert defense attorney and we will do everything we can to achieve a charge dismissal or charge reduction.
    You can reach us 24/7 at (650) 539-0809!