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Problems with Field Sobriety Tests

A person pulled over on suspicion of DWI may be asked to complete a series of field sobriety tests. These tests are meant to provide physical evidence of intoxication in the form of loss of balance and focus. However, a knowledgeable DWI attorney can often challenge these findings by showing that field tests are unreliable.

If you’ve been arrested on DWI charges, we may be able to assist you with your defense case. For additional information regarding your defense options when fighting DWI allegations, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.

Errors with Field Sobriety Tests

The police may point to certain missteps made by a defendant during field sobriety testing as evidence of intoxication. However, this simply may not be true. In some cases, a person may make genuine mistakes due to underlying medical conditions or a misunderstanding of the instructions.

Unfortunately, the following mistakes may be considered signs of alcohol impairment:

  • Losing balance
  • Using arms to balance
  • Starting the test before the police officer gives the full instructions
  • Failing to follow the exact instructions
  • Slowing down or stopping during a test

In reality, many of these mistakes may be the result of nervousness, a naturally poor sense of balance, or an honest mistake by the defendant. Regardless of the real reason for these errors, police may still try to use them as evidence against a person in a DWI case.

Contact Us

If you’re looking for an aggressive legal defender to assist you with your DWI case, we may be able to help you. Police reports can often be disputed through substantial proof and a capable legal argument, which a defense attorney may be able to provide. For a free consultation regarding your options as a defendant, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.


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