It’s no surprise that DWI sobriety tests are designed so that you will fail them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website:
“The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a battery of three tests administered and evaluated in a standardized manner to obtain validated indicators of impairment and establish probable cause for arrest. These tests are administered systematically and are evaluated according to measured responses of the [potential suspect].”
What are the flaws of DWI field sobriety tests?
The SFST tests are unfortunately designed to fail people because an officer doesn’t have to tell you what they’re going to grade you on—and that’s just ridiculous! Imagine if your child came home from school and said, “I got a 98 today on my math test, but I failed.” It’s not different that that in the world of SFST testing. Even if you get a 98, you fail and you will be arrested for DWI. That’s how unfair these tests are!
A standardized test implies that all test takers answer the same questions, and that the test is then scored in a consistent manner and compared to the relative performance of others who took the same test. Your DWI defense should not only understand the importance of the proper procedures in administering these tests, but also the “science” behind the interpretation of your personal results of preforming unfamiliar motor sequences. That’s why having a DWI specialist in your corner is so important. We know how fight to increase your chances of getting a favorable outcome in your case.
Call a DWI Specialist by the National College for DUI Defense if you’ve failed a DWI sobriety test
If you’ve been a victim of unfair police field sobriety tests, a DWI Specialist with Trichter & LeGrand can help. Call us at (713) 524-1010 and schedule your free consultation and know your options. We’re here to fight for you.