Field Sobriety Testing and DUI Charges
Our Tempe DUI Attorney Can Fight for You
Law enforcement officers are trained to identify vehicles that weave in
and out of traffic lanes, speed, or exhibit other suspicious driving behavior.
If an officer believes there is probable cause, he or she can initiate
a traffic stop to determine if a driver is operating a motor vehicle while
under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The officer may ask the driver
to step out of the car and perform simple physical and mental tasks as
part of a field sobriety test. Depending on the performance by the driver
during these sobriety tests the officer may either continue with the DUI
investigation, or let the driver leave if no signs of impairment can be
If a driver appears to be intoxicated, the officer may ask for permission
to conduct further testing to check for blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
level. A driver with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher is
legally drunk and subject to arrest and subsequent
DUI charges. If facing allegations of a DUI, contact a Tempe DUI lawyer for legal
assistance and counsel following an arrest.
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Field sobriety testing can be unreliable due to many factors. Officers
conduct the tests in an uncontrolled environment, usually on the side
of the roadway, often times in gravel or uneven pavement. Most tests occur
at night when it is difficult to see and therefore, can be a challenge
to obtain accurate results from the sobriety testing. Sobriety testing
consists of physical coordination tasks that an impaired individual may
have difficulty performing. Additionally, a driver may be nervous about
being stopped by officers and therefore, unable to successfully perform
You need a lawyer for DUI charges in Tempe who has an understanding of
all aspects of these types of cases, including sobriety testing, case
investigation and preparing a strong legal defense on your behalf in order
to determine the best course of action in resolving a DUI case. An experienced
defense attorney will identify any legal or factual weaknesses in a case
and challenge the evidence presented by the State, including field sobriety
test results, as well as blood and/or breath test results. Make an appointment
today to consult with an attorney regarding your legal options.
Contact a Tempe DUI attorney if you were charged with a DUI and were required to perform field sobriety
tests prior to your arrest.
Free initial case evaluation available.