California DUI Field Sobriety Testing

california dui sobriety tests

Once the driver suspected in the DUI commitment is in contact with law enforcement officers, they start collecting evidence which can be used during the prosecution in order to convict the offender.

The law enforcement officers observe and try to find some difficulties with driving a vehicle, bloodshot or watery eyes, slurred speech, and odor of alcohol.

Any driver should remember that if a police stopped you, a suspected California drunk driver should only provide the officer with the following information:

  • your name
  • date of birth
  • address
  • car registration
  • insurance
  • driver’s license.

During the phase of initial gathering of the information, the officer can ask you perform some tests and if you are not against, you can do it.

There are several types of DUI field sobriety tests (FST). The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway and Traffic Administration (NHTSA) has accepted Three Field Sobriety Tests (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), One Leg Stand, and Walk and Turn). Meanwhile all other tests, such as Finger-to-Nose or ABC tests, are not standardized by the NHTSA but they are often used by the law enforcement officers.

Moreover, drivers must not obligatorily fulfil any other requirements of the officers related to the completion of sobriety tests. It is always permitted to decline such proposals. In the worst case, a driver can be arrested and ask to provide him/her legal assistance.

It is essential to remember that all tests are mostly subjective and different people even non-drunk can fail in their fulfilment. In this case, try to be calm and keep self-confidence.

However, after providing the requested documentation try to use the right to remain silent and get legal assistance as soon as possible.

The Margarian Law Firm aggressively protects the rights of criminal defendants in California. If you have faced accusations of DUI, it is essential to contact an experienced California defense attorney who is will provide legal assistance. We handle every aspect of your case, from the very start through the very last court hearing, all for a flat fee agreed upon before we begin.

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