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January 1, 2017 Leave a comment
Reasonable Reasons You Should Refuse Field Sobriety Tests from NH DUI Lawyer Mark Stevens 603-893-0074 (24/7)
According to DUI attorneys roadside sobriety tests currently remain one of the most common ways used by police to measure your level of intoxication. If you find yourself in this unfortunate position, you should bear in mind that you don’t have to take these tests and here’s why…
Field sobriety tests are designed to do 2 main things:
1.) To trick you.
2.) For you to fail.
Field Sobriety Tests (FST’s) are known to be an inaccurate measurement of sobriety. Results can be attributed to a variety of factors including weather, medication, the surface upon which they are conducted, type of footwear you are wearing, injuries, and even just anxiety.
Here are some reasons that many people refuse a field sobriety test:
1) Results can vary dramatically.
2) Tests can be inaccurate – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; several of the most popular FSTs are highly inaccurate. Take the walk-and-turn test for example. Even when administered perfectly, it only has a 68% accuracy rate.
3) Personal medical conditions can play a large role in the outcome – If you’re an individual who experiences inner ear problems; pain in your arms, feet, legs, or back; vision problems; etc., these can all play a role in the outcome of your tests, and will likely effect it negatively.
Field sobriety tests also assume that each person is exactly the same – same height, same weight, and without disabilities or other sicknesses. This means that if the field sobriety test alone can convict people, nearly one in three people would be wrongly arrested.
These reasons are just a few of the many why you should consider declining a cop’s request to perform a field sobriety test.
If you have been arrested for DWI or aggravated DWI in New Hampshire please feel free to call me today for a free consultation. Attorney Mark Stevens 1-603-893-0074.
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New Hampshire DWI laws. Have you been arrested for “driving while intoxicated” in New Hampshire? It is important to know what to do before you are under the pressure of an unwanted encounter with the police. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation about your case. My number is 1-603-893-0074 (24/7). I look forward to speaking with you.