Field Sobriety Tests


Kern County Field Sobriety Tests

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will most likely be given a field sobriety test. These tests are usually administered by a law enforcement officer and consist of several gymnastic type “tests” which are supposed to indicate whether or not you are intoxicated. There are several of these tests including the “walk and turn,” the “one-leg stand,” and the “horizontal gaze nystagmus.” Interestingly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration evaluated these tests and found that even the most accurate of the three has been found to be only 77% correct and that is only when administered perfectly under perfect conditions.

Additionally, many of these “tests” used by the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement in Kern County have NEVER been correlated to alcohol intoxication. In fact, most of the “tests” used in Kern County have been found to not have any correlation to alcohol impairment.

There are many factors that can contribute to a failed field sobriety test other than intoxication. Some non-alcohol related factors that could influence the tests include:

  • Nervousness
  • Age
  • Fear
  • Language problems
  • Physical illness
  • Fatigue
  • Weight
  • Confusion
  • Bad balance
  • Inability to understand directions

 Bakersfield Field Sobriety Test Attorney

Since the administered field sobriety test may be part of the evidence that “proves” that you were intoxicated, it is critical that you contact an attorney who understands FST’s and their flaws. At Brehmer Law, our DUI defense lawyers are trained specifically on this aspect of DUI defense. Field sobriety tests are not deemed to be of high accuracy, and if your arrest was based on the results of these tests, we can fight these findings in court. This challenge can increase the possibility of a dismissal or reduction of the charges against you.

Take advantage of the experience, skill and dedication of the Kern County field sobriety test attorneys at Brehmer Law to represent you. Every aspect of your case, including the field sobriety testing done will be thoroughly reviewed. No case is without flaws and these flaws can bring about court challenges that can greatly assist in your defense and increase the chance of a positive outcome in your case.

Contact a Bakersfield Field Sobriety Test Attorney from Brehmer Law when you are facing DUI charges and you were administered field sobriety tests as part of your arrest.