Why You Should Not Consent to a Field Sobriety Test

driving while intoxicated, DUI, Naperville DUI lawyer, field sobriety test, blood alcohol contentWhen you are pulled over under the suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DUI),you may be asked to perform a field sobriety test. You have seen these in television and movies—they are the roadside exercises that show whether an individual is impaired by alcohol or another drug, such as standing on one leg or walking in a straight line and turning.

If you are asked to perform this type of test, politely decline. Although you might think that performing the test will prove that you are not impaired, the truth is that the test is far more likely to hurt your case than help it.

After you are arrested, contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible to develop your legal defense strategy.

Field Sobriety Tests are Not Scientific

There is no proven correlation between poor performance on a field sobriety test and alcohol impairment. Although alcohol certainly can impair an individual’s ability to perform well on these tests, so can other issues like neurological conditions, visual or hearing impairment, and anxiety about being pulled over.

The results of a field sobriety test are based largely on the testing officer’s judgment. They cannot measure your blood alcohol content like a Breathalyzer or urine test can.

The Results Collected at your Test will Nearly Always Work Against You

Imagine the following scene: You have just been pulled over. You are sitting in your vehicle, shaken, and the officer asks you to step out and walk along the white line on the roadway as cars speed by. The siren on the officer’s cruiser is still flashing red and white lights into the night. Whether or not you have been drinking, you are trying hard to focus on the officer’s instructions amid the outside stimuli and your own intimidation.

This does not sound like a scenario where you can easily perform physical tasks, does it? Even if you are perfectly sober, there is a chance you will stumble at some point in your field sobriety test. The officer’s documentation of your failure is evidence that can be used to support a DUI charge.

Work with an Experienced Naperville DUI Lawyer

When you are arrested for an alleged DUI, remember that you have not been convicted of DUI. Work with an experienced Naperville DUI lawyer who will act as your advocate and help you fight your charge. Contact our team at Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC as soon as you can after your arrest to set up your initial consultation with a member of our team. Our skilled DUI attorneys have significant experience defending clients and are prepared to go to work for you immediately.