If you have been stopped and the officer suspected that you were drinking and driving, there is a good chance that the officer administered one or more field sobriety tests. These tests often play an important role in your arrest for DUI.
Types Of Field Sobriety Tests
There are several field sobriety tests that law enforcement officers in Montgomery County commonly administer to people they believe have been drinking and driving:
- The PBT or portable breath test: Officers ask you to breathe into a tester in order to gauge an initial alcohol content.
- The one leg stand test: Officers ask you to stand on one leg with the other foot six inches off the ground, counting to 30 with your hands by your side.
- The nine step walk and turn: Officers ask you to walk heel-to-toe nine steps forward and then nine steps back along a straight line.
- Horizontal gaze nystagmus: This test tracks the movement of your pupils as you look back and forth. Although the test is often administered by law enforcement officers, evidence produced is not allowed to be introduced at trial.
- Touching the tip of your nose: The finger to nose test is commonly used by police officers.
There are specific reasons each of these field sobriety tests may not be effective in detecting drunk driving. As an experienced attorney, I have attended seminars on drunk driving law. I know that the tests are highly subjective and not highly accurate.
Under Pennsylvania law, you can pass all the field sobriety tests but, if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit, the law may still consider you guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. That is why it is critical that you work with an attorney who knows all aspects of your case and the law — someone who can consider each element to help you achieve the best possible results.
Experienced Handling Criminal Cases, Including Drunk Driving
If you have been accused of a crime, taking fast action is the best way to protect your rights and your freedom. Contact Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, attorney Michael F. Dunn — when you have been accused of a crime — by calling 215-572-0955 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by completing my online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.