Law enforcement has many options in the choice of field sobriety tests administered after detaining a motorist suspected of driving under the influence (DUI.) To understand how your rights may be affected by which test was performed, contact Param Pabla, a Punjabi DUI attorney.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has established standards for field sobriety tests. Accordingly, as reported by a Punjabi DUI lawyer, there is a good correlation between the consumption of alcohol and impairment if the subject does not perform well on the combination of three tests, if the tests were administered in strict compliance with testing protocols. The three standardized tests are:
• The horizontal gaze nystagmus test
• The walk and turn test
• The one leg stand test.
As your Punjabi DUI attorney will explain, all other field sobriety tests are considered non-standardized.
There are multiple problems with non-standardized tests, the most significant among which, as an experienced Punjabi DUI lawyer understands, are:
• Non standardized tests have not passed scientific scrutiny sufficient to suggest a correlation between test results and impairment
• The police are not required to follow any specific protocol in the administration of these tests
• The police are not required to look for any specific clues in their evaluation of their observations
The bottom line; non-standardized tests are not a reliable indicator of driving impairment due to the consumption of alcohol.
Common Non-Standardized Tests
Typically, a Punjabi DUI attorney sees three non-standardized tests regularly administered:
1. The Romberg balancing test
2. The finger to nose test
3. The Alphabet test, count test or some variation
The Danger of Non-Standardized Tests
Police employ field sobriety tests to:
• Establish probable cause for the stop and arrest
• To demonstrate impairment while driving
• To prove the causal connection between alcohol consumption and impaired driving behavior
The issue as explained by a Punjabi DUI attorney: if the test itself is invalid, so too are the results of that test and ultimately the conclusion reached by the police.
Contact a Punjabi DUI Lawyer for Legal Advice
An arrest for a DUI need not automatically lead to a conviction. Understand your rights. Call Param Pabla, a Punjabi DUI attorney, at 916-285-7900.