Austin Defense Lawyers: Field Sobriety Tests

At Hildreth & Rueda in Texas, we have extensive experience representing people charged with DWI, and we understand how field sobriety tests are supposed to be administered. We also know that people are understandably nervous and tense when they are subjected to these tests, which can affect the outcome. If you or someone you care about has been charged with DWI, contact our Austin DWI lawyers at 512-415-7648. We are available 24/7.

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Developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is composed of the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test and the one-leg stand test. Police officers must follow strict standardized procedures when administering each test in order for the results to be considered valid.

According to the NHTSA, even when the tests are administered correctly, each of the tests has a substantial inaccuracy rate.

The horizontal gaze nystagmus test is wrong 23% of the time, the walk-and turn test is wrong 32% of the time, and the one-leg stand test is wrong 35% of the time. Why then do these tests carry so much weight in a DWI charge?

At Hildreth & Rueda, we carefully consider the events that led to your arrest and identify any factors that may help prove your innocence. Whether your rights were infringed upon because the officer did not have probable cause to pull you over, or your charge weighed heavily on the results of an improperly administered or false field sobriety test, we are here to protect you and fight for the best possible outcome.

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Call 512-415-7648 or contact us online to discuss field sobriety tests with an Austin attorney. We offer free initial consultations. We accept credit cards and offer payment plans. Se habla español.