Field Sobriety Test Errors

If a person is suspected of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, law enforcement officers may pull them over to conduct field sobriety tests. Such tests often include examination of the person’s balance, cognitive abilities, and motor skills. Failing to properly complete the field sobriety tests often gives officers probable cause to make an arrest and charge the person with DWI.

Unfortunately, the tests used in field sobriety checks are often subjective and may not truly reflect a person’s skills or level of sobriety. In some cases, the officer’s judgment of a failed test may be inaccurate, or extraneous factors may have contributed to the person’s poor performance. Whatever the case may be, DWI accusations are very serious and can negatively impact a person’s life. If you have been wrongly accused of DWI, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007.

Common Causes of Sobriety Test Errors

Commonly reported causes of sobriety test errors include:

  • Errors in judgment on the part of the officer administering the test
  • Improper instructions given to the individual
  • Failure to properly administer the test
  • Physical disabilities (walking, eyesight, speech impediments) that can affect the results of the tests
  • Illness or other outside factors that can affect the individual’s performance on the tests

Contact a Dallas DWI Attorney

If you or someone you know has been charged with DWI, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your legal options.


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