Field Sobriety Tests in Brea
If you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol in the city of Brea, a police officer can ask you to take a field sobriety test (FST). The FST is usually a battery of 3 tests meant to gauge your level of alcohol impairment and is one of the factors used by law enforcement, prosecutors, and courts to make an arrest and decide on a DUI conviction.
Poor performance in any of these tests is deemed to be a sign that a person is not in the right mental and physical state to drive, due to the consumption of alcohol. Because the driver’s performance on the various tests are determined by the officer, FSTs are thought to be administered mainly to collect evidence against the supsected drunk driver. As such, the results of a BAC test are far more reliable in court.Conditions for field sobriety testing
The NHTSA ( National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) is responsible for issuing law enforcement protocols for DUI field sobriety testing. The NHTSA ensures that the 3 standard tests used in the FST are properly conducted and used. The 3 standard tests include:
- The walk-and-turn test,
- The one-leg stand test and
- The HGN or horizontal gaze nystagmus test
There are several other non-standard tests that law enforcement officers use to determine a persons level of intoxication. These include; The Hand Pat Field Sobriety Test, The Finger-to-Nose Field Sobriety Test, The Finger Count Field Sobriety Test and so on.
Although field sobriety tests are widely used by law enforcement, there are many issues surrounding these tests. FST detractors say that the tests are unreliable and flawed.
With this in mind, it is important that you have a defense attorney to represent you if you are arrested for during a field sobriety test in Brea. An experienced DUI attorney, like the ones at the Johnson Criminal Law Group, can help you avoid charges being brought against you in the first place or help you to mitigate the consequences of a conviction. Call us now to get your defense started.