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How accurate are field sobriety tests?

There are many areas where the accuracy of field sobriety tests can be called into question—and a good attorney will know what they are and aggressively attack them in fighting for his client’s vindication. A DUI conviction can turn your life upside down with penalties including heavy fines, jail time, and the required installation of an IID. It is therefore in your best interest to contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer before you make any statements to the police.

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Despite being labeled standard, these tests are only 65 to 77% accurate. In addition, these tests are often not precisely administered with many police officers never bothering to get training in how to administer or score these tests. Field sobriety tests contain a large number of physical coordination challenges where the results can be affected by the environment or other physical conditions present in the defendant besides lack of sobriety. For example, the person being tested might be tired or have some kind of physical condition such as an injured leg. The conditions present in the environment can affect the results of the test as well. The test might have been given on the ground that was at a steep angle, for example, or it might have been windy.

Before you make any statements to the police, speak with us at Okabe & Haushalter. We work with our clients one-on-one to provide aggressive legal strategies. We have the track record of achieving successful results and have been involved in such high profile cases such as the OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson trials. Our law firm is managed by Ryan J. King who is a former Deputy District Attorney. With his background, we have considerable legal experience for guiding the legal strategies that are used in the defense of our clients.