Did You Fail a Field Sobriety Test in Santa Barbara?

How Do Field Sobriety Tests Factor in DUI Cases?

When building a defense against field sobriety tests in DUI cases, the question remains whether or not these tests are effective or not are determining someone’s level of intoxication? Appel & Morse has handled hundreds of cases involving DUI charges. When we investigate further into the matter, we look at why the person failed the test and explore every avenue for a possible defense.

We urge you to contact Appel & Morse if you are facing DUI charges. We are here to help you fight!

Are Field Sobriety Tests Fair?

Field sobriety tests (FST’s) are not required by law. Every driver has the right to refuse an FST, although most police officers will not usually tell the person they are arresting that they do not have to participate. Field sobriety tests will measure one’s ability to concentrate, maintain balance, one’s short-term memory. Although law enforcement will not always rely solely on field sobriety tests, the evidence that is uncovered can be used against someone in trial.

These tests include the following:

  • The one-leg stand
  • The walk-and-turn
  • The horizontal nystagmus

None of these tests are foolproof nor are they are entirely accurate in telling whether or not someone is intoxicated. Furthermore, there may be many reasons that people fail the test, and it may be simply due to physical limitations or health concerns, as examples. Our Santa Barbara DUI attorneys can challenge the results of these field sobriety tests, knowing that the evidence that they provide may unreliable.

Arrested? Call Now for a Free Consult!

You have the right to know about your legal rights, especially if you are facing a DUI charge. If you know that the evidence against you is weak. This is often what leads to false criminal accusations. Do not wait to seek legal counsel if you have been arrested. Appel & Morse can help you! We have extensive trial experience, and we do everything in our power to fight for our clients’ best interests.

Schedule your free case review today. Our criminal defense firm is proud to fight for you!