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A field sobriety test is administered after an officer has pulled a driver over for suspected drunk driving. Before making an arrest, the officer will observe the driver for any outward signs which may indicate that he or she has been drinking or using drugs, such as bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, open containers of alcohol or even the smell of alcohol. The officer may then ask the driver to step out of the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests. Depending upon the officer's observations and the driver's performance on field sobriety tests, the officer may or may not make an arrest for DUI (driving under the influence.)
A few examples of (Standardized) DUI Field Sobriety Tests are:
Additionally, Officers may include these (Non-standardized) DUI field tests:
Were you pulled over for DUI in San Diego? Did you submit to field sobriety tests? At the Law Offices of Michael J. Fremont, we are experienced in dealing with cases involving failed or refused field sobriety test. As a certified DUI specialist and an Attorney with over two decades of legal experience, Michael Fremont is highly skilled in defending DUI cases throughout San Diego and the surrounding areas in Southern California. Even if you performed poorly on field sobriety tests or failed a breath or blood test, Attorney Fremont can accurately assess the situation and determine how to represent your interests.
Field sobriety tests are usually not considered as important as breath tests or blood tests in relation to California DUI charges, but they actually may have a significant impact on a driver's case and possibly whether he will face charges. A driver may face DUI charges for having a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater (tested using a breath or blood test) or if his or her physical/mental abilities are impaired due to alcohol or drugs (determined using field sobriety tests.) As such, even if a driver were to pass a breath test there is a possibility that he or she would face DUI charges based upon field sobriety test performance.
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