Field Sobriety Tests in Murfreesboro
Learn More From a Murfreesboro DUI Lawyers
Law enforcement is not allowed to simply arrest you on a hunch that you might be
driving while intoxicated. Instead, they must establish a reasonable suspicion, otherwise known as
“probable cause.” In order to do this, officers will often
stop those who they suspect might be driving while intoxicated and administer
field sobriety tests to attempt to confirm their suspicion and establish
grounds for an arrest. However, many people are surprised to learn how
notoriously unreliable field sobriety tests are; many of them require
you to complete a task that’s difficult to do while completely sober.
If you think you have been wrongfully arrested as a result of an erroneous
field sobriety test, you should speak with a Murfreesboro DUI attorney
as soon as possible.
Crain & Flatt Attorneys at Law is dedicated to protecting the rights and freedoms of those who are accused
of driving under the influence and can provide you with aggressive, knowledgeable
representation throughout your case. As a former Assistant District Attorney
General, Attorney Crain knows how the other side of the courtroom thinks
and can tailor his strategy to counter their case and give you the best
possible chance at a successful outcome. Our firm has top-rated attorneys,
who have obtained a perfect 10.0 Superb mark from Avvo, and has been twice
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If you have been arrested and charged with DUI, time is not on your side! Get a
case evaluation by calling
Joshua T. Crain, Attorneys at Law
today by dialing 888-988-5578.
Types of Field Sobriety Tests
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has standardized
three field sobriety tests for use by law enforcement. While standardizing
them and using multiple tests at the same time has greatly increased accuracy,
these tests are still incorrect about one out of every five times. Human
error also leads to more discrepancies and could play an important role
in your case.
The three accepted field sobriety tests are:
- Walk & Turn Test
- One-Leg Stand Test
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test
The horizontal gaze nystagmus test is widely regarded as the most accurate
and the hardest to fool, but even then it’s only correct about 75%
of the time. This leaves a remarkable amount of uncertainty as to whether
or not the officer’s suspicion of your intoxication was warranted.
Let a skilled lawyer examine the evidence of your case and work with you
to help fight back against your charges.
Contact Crain & Flatt Attorneys at Law to begin developing your hard-hitting criminal defense!