Field Sobriety Tests in Queen Creek

Field sobriety tests are often a major contributing factor to a police officer’s decision to arrest a driver for DUI. A police officer conducts field sobriety tests to gather information that will be used against you in a criminal prosecution.

With the amount of weight officers give to field sobriety tests, it is important to have a Queen Creek DUI attorney that is well-versed in the administration of field sobriety tests and the underlying studies and data related to them. The Rosenstein Law Group has had great success in suppressing evidence gathered from field sobriety tests and challenging the resulting BAC evidence. Contact the Rosenstein Law Group at (480) 248-7666 or online for a free consultation.

Types of Field Sobriety Tests in Arizona

Police officers have a list of field sobriety tests that they may attempt to conduct if they believe a person is driving under the influence. A driver has little to gain by completing the field sobriety tests, as any evidence gathered during their admission will be used against you. Although field sobriety tests are not considered “pass/fail” tests, an officer is unlikely to send you on your way even if you perform relatively well on these tests. Rather than pointing out your successes on these tests, an officer will document every single instance that he believes is a mistake, regardless of how minuscule that mistake is. Even something as trivial as a slight sway of 1 inch will be documented and used against you.

The most common field sobriety tests include:

  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN): An officer asks you to follow his pen or finger with your eyes while he moves it from side to side.
  • Walk and Turn: Walking a straight line for 9 hell-to-toe steps, turning around and walking an additional 9 heel-to-toe steps.
  • One Leg Stand: Balancing on one leg for 30 seconds.
  • Romberg: Standing with your head tilted back, eyes closed, and asked to estimate the passage of 30 second.
  • Finger to Nose: Touching the tip of your finger to the tip of your nose with your head tilted back slightly.
  • Finger Count: Touching each of your fingers to your thumb in a particularized order.

For each of these tests, there are a litany of issues that could affect their reliability. It is possible for a person to not perform well on these tests even without any alcohol or drugs in their system. A skilled DUI defense attorney will be able to challenge a police officer’s administration of the field sobriety tests, which may lead to suppression of evidence, reduced charges or other favorable outcomes.

Highly Skilled DUI Defense Attorney in Queen Creek

If you were pulled over and arrested after performing field sobriety tests, call the Rosenstein Law Group at (480) 248-7666 or contact us online for a free consultation and case evaluation. We have the only two board-certified in DUI defense attorneys in Maricopa County and the only two of four in the entire state of Arizona. With the only two board-certified attorneys that are qualified in Maricopa County practicing alongside each other in one firm, you can understand then why when people are arrested for DUI, why we are typically the first people they call. People who are unfamiliar with law think that all lawyers do all things, when in reality, nothing can be further from the truth. When someone is arrested and being charged by the government of a particular crime you need a criminal defense attorney. When you’re being charged with a DUI there’s even more nuance and specificity required, there’s a range of scientific knowledge and know-how that you really need to have so you really need attorneys who are well-versed and experienced in the defense of the alleged impaired driver. We can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, keep our number in your phone so if you have just been pulled over on suspicion of driving impaired, before you perform any field sobriety tests, call our attorneys at (480) 248-7666. We will walk you through the process and how to proceed.


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