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Field Sobriety Tests

Austin DWI Attorneys

Field sobriety tests are closely linked to DWI arrests and charges. Typically, an officer will use field sobriety tests to establish probable cause of intoxication and provide grounds for a DWI arrest. An officer’s testimony regarding field sobriety testing may also be used to support the prosecuting attorney’s case that a driver’s abilities were impaired.

You may have taken and “failed” field sobriety tests, but this does not necessarily mean that you should be found guilty of DWI. Our Austin DWI attorneys can investigate and evaluate your unique case to determine how to defend your interests by challenging field sobriety tests results and other evidence the prosecuting attorney may attempt to bring against you. We will seek out the truth and fight for your constitutional rights.

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Challenging Field Sobriety Test Results

There are three standardized field sobriety tests, or SFSTs, used by Austin police officers after stopping drivers suspected of DWI: the walk-and-turn, one-leg stand, and horizontal gaze nystagmus. These tests are used to test balance, coordination, and a driver’s ability to follow instructions. They are graded based on set standards to determine whether a driver is intoxicated. These tests are not foolproof, however, and they may be administered improperly. We believe it is important to challenge field sobriety tests however possible, to positively influence our clients’ cases.

In challenging field sobriety test results, our Austin DWI lawyers may ask such key questions as:

  • Was the testing area properly lit?
  • Was the ground uneven?
  • Was the defendant wearing high-heeled shoes?
  • Were the instructions properly and clearly given?
  • Did the officer properly evaluate the defendant’s performance?
  • Does the defendant have a physical condition that would impact his/her ability to perform the tests?
  • Was the officer properly trained on administering field sobriety tests?

To learn more about field sobriety tests and how we can help, call an Austin DWI attorney at our firm at (512) 359-3743.

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