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About Field Sobriety Tests

There are many DWI task forces out in great numbers throughout the Fort Worth area, looking to arrest those who are operating vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Law enforcement is on constant high alert seeking out drunk drivers or any person that is driving erratically, recklessly or dangerously. If you have been pulled over by law enforcement under suspicion of DWI, they will usually ask you to perform several "field sobriety tests" in order to obtain more evidence of DWI. This is due to the requirement that there is probable cause in any arrest for DWI. You are not required under law to perform these tests, and the results of the testing are so flawed that they usually are not allowed in court.

Field Sobriety Test Results Challenged in Court

Even the best of the tests, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, is only 77% accurate when administered under the most stringent conditions. Law enforcement officers administer these tests for one reason only: to get more evidence of impairment. If you have been arrested and charged with DWI and were asked to perform field sobriety tests, it is likely that any results of these tests can be challenged in court. A lawyer from our legal team will have extensive experience in challenging such evidence in court.

There are many physical conditions that could result in failing the tests, including age, fear, nervousness, medical conditions, language problems and others. As the "failure" of the test can lead to the determination that you were DWI, challenging any aspect of the testing procedure, which has frequently been administered incorrectly, or even the outcome of the tests. When you are facing a DWI charge, the actions you take immediately after the arrest are of great concern.

If you want to fight and defend your case, our legal team stands ready, and will aggressively challenge any field sobriety test evidence as part of your defense case. Contact us today.