Field Sobriety Tests in Brea

If you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol in the city of Brea, a patrol 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 later decide on a DUI prosecution.

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.

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 person's 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 since the results are based on informed yet subjective judgements made by the officer(s) conducting tests.

With this in mind, it is important that you have a competent DUI attorney to represent you if you are arrested in Brea for a DUI offense. A competent DUI attorney can help you avoid charges being brought against you in the first place or help you to mitigate the consequences of a conviction.

Call the Johnson Criminal Law Group today about your DUI case.

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