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Challenging the results of a field sobriety test in court

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2023 | Criminal Defense

In Florida, field sobriety tests are commonly used by law enforcement to determine if a driver is impaired. However, the results of these tests can be challenged in court and may only sometimes be accurate. If you face charges of DUI from on the results of a field test, it’s good to know your options in challenging the results.

Challenging the administration of the test

One way to challenge field sobriety test results is to question the administration of the test. This may include challenges, in court, to the instructions given to the driver, the conditions when conducting the test or the qualifications of the officer administering the test. Another way to challenge field sobriety test results is to question the validity of the test itself as a criminal defense. This may include challenges to the scientific reliability of the test or the accuracy of the equipment used.

Challenging the interpretation

It’s possible to challenge the officer’s interpretation of the test results. This may include challenges in court to the officer’s subjective assessment of the driver’s performance or the officer’s conclusion that the driver was impaired.

Gathering evidence and witnesses

While challenging the results of a field sobriety test can be complex, it’s essential to understand your rights and options. Gather statements from witnesses, documentation of any medical conditions that may have affected your performance on the test and expert testimony from a forensic scientist or other experts.

Gather evidence to support your case if you have been charged with a DUI based on the field sobriety test results. By taking these steps, you may be able to discredit the evidence against you and strengthen your case.