When an individual is pulled over on suspicion of
DWI, the police will most likely conduct a
field sobriety test (FST) to see if they are in fact intoxicated. Unfortunately they are not
always accurate because a myriad of other factors can influence how people
react to these types of tests.
Take a look at some of the common questions we receive regarding field
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By law, do I have to submit to a field sobriety test if I am pulled over
by the police?
Truthfully, the answer is no and it is often recommended that you do not
take them. They are often unreliable, as there are a number of outside
factors that can cause a person to fail. Health conditions, difficulty
balancing, weight, age, and a variety of other things can all affect the
results. It is important to note, however, that an officer will most likely
make you take a breath or blood test if you do not submit to a field sobriety test.
What are the most common versions of this test?
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, Walk-and-Turn test and the One-Leg Stand test
are the three that are considered “Standardized Field Sobriety Tests”
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Is it possible to challenge your field sobriety test?
Yes, with the help of a qualified Houston DWI attorney, you can fight
your field sobriety test. At The Martinez Law Firm, we know that being
pulled over for a DWI can already be extremely stressful. We understand
the various elements of these tests and we can combat how they were administered
and establish if any misconduct occurred on the part of the administering officer.