Field sobriety tests are a common part of any Alameda County DUI arrest. What you may not know is that these are actually not mandatory, and you cannot face penalties simply for refusing to submit to field sobriety testing.
Field Sobriety Testing in California DUI Cases
A field sobriety test is administered to gauge a driver's mental and physical abilities after an officer pulls him or her over for suspected DUI (driving under the influence). These tests are said to prove intoxication by testing balance, coordination and the ability to follow instruction. Field sobriety tests also give the officer a chance to talk to the driver more and possibly get him or her to admit to being drunk. The three standardized field sobriety tests that are most often administered in California include:
What to do after an Alameda & Contra Costa County DUI Arrest
If you were pulled over for DUI and submitted to field sobriety tests, law enforcement may try to use these to prove that you were under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. A Hayward & Pleasanton DUI lawyer can challenge these allegations and can represent your interests both at your DMV hearing and in criminal court if you are charged with drunk driving as a result of your performance on field sobriety tests.
Consulting an attorney is one of the most important things you can do after a DUI arrest. You do have legal rights that should not be infringed upon. An attorney can work to ensure these are protected so you do not face charges or a conviction in a situation where you should have been set free. Gorelick Law Offices takes on DUI cases throughout Pleasanton and the surrounding areas in Alameda County. We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation and your legal options.
Trust an attorney with over 30 years of experience in the field of Criminal & DUI defense – Lynn Gorelick.
Call (510) 785-1444 or (925) 847-3006, and let Ms. Gorelick help you during this often uneasy, confusing, and frightening time. You are not alone!