Know Your Rights During an Arizona DUI Traffic Stop
Drivers who are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs are often asked by police officers to perform field sobriety tests. While some drivers believe that these tests are designed to give drivers an opportunity to prove their sobriety, these tests are actually designed to assist officers in building cases against their suspects.
The best advice that any attorney can give you regarding field sobriety tests is not to perform them – any of them – ever.
These tests are completely voluntary and will not help you prove your innocence. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, our lawyers understand how and why police offers use field sobriety tests during DUI arrests. We can help you protect your rights if you have been arrested for a drunk driving offense in Phoenix or anywhere in Arizona. We can also advise you on what not to do if you are stopped on suspicion of a DUI.
Why Police Officers Use Field Sobriety Tests
Field sobriety tests are not scientific and cannot truly measure sobriety or intoxication. Many of these tests are difficult for sober individuals to pass in a controlled laboratory setting. The tests are even more difficult when taken on the roadside, often in the dark, with a suspect who is usually nervous about being pulled over in the first place. So why do police officers perform these tests if they are not reliable?
If your breath or blood test is not reliable, the officer may still use a field sobriety test to provide evidence of intoxication. The alleged poor performance of a driver on a field sobriety test may provide an officer with probable cause to make an arrest and use it as evidence that will be later used to seek a conviction. Since these tests are so subjective, you may believe you have passed them, only to find out later that the police officer had a different opinion.
Challenging the Accuracy of Field Sobriety Tests
If you believe that field sobriety tests have been used incorrectly in arresting you on DUI charges, contact The Baker Law Firm, LLC and talk with us about your defense. We can challenge the subjective nature of your tests and the circumstances surrounding your arrest. Call our Phoenix office at 602-842-0359 and learn more about these tests.