Know Your Rights Regarding Field Sobriety Tests
Sobriety is a subjective phenomenon when it comes to DUI. Law enforcement authorities can use one of several methods to arrive at the determination that a driver was impaired because of alcohol. Most of the time, law enforcement officers use their own observations about vehicles and drivers when they decide to make traffic stops.
There are many types of sobriety tests, including field sobriety tests (which can involve being asked by an officer to walk a straight line, recite the alphabet or put your finger to your nose, for example) and blood and breath tests. In most cases, breath tests are administered at roadside, and blood tests are administered at a law enforcement office or station. Many drivers know that in Illinois a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher is the legal limit for adult drivers of motor vehicles.
Law enforcement authorities would have you believe that sobriety test results are gospel truth. In reality, not every field sobriety test is considered valid; some test results are inaccurate or completely erroneous. Various statistics indicate that the scientific validity of some tests is actually poor.
If you or a loved one was charged with drunk driving, get help from an experienced DUI defense lawyer. Make sure your lawyer is extremely knowledgeable about sobriety tests, because your case may pivot on the manner in which your test information is handled.
An Authority On Sobriety Testing And DUI Law | A Resource You Can Turn To
At Ramsell and Associates, LLC, we understand exactly how sobriety testing works. We have been handling DUI cases in Illinois since 1986. Our attorneys can assist you in your case by:
- Discovering whether the arresting officer followed proper procedure
- Investigating all possible faults with the test results, including those related to high blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
- Explaining DUI laws with regard to BAC and penalties
The firm’s managing partner, Donald Ramsell, is a widely known authority on DUI law. Mr. Ramsell is an author, speaker and panelist who has written and taught extensively on the topic of sobriety testing.