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Don't Take Field Sobriety Tests Results at Face Value

When someone is pulled over for suspicion of a DUI or is involved in an accident and driving under the influence is a suspected cause, that person may be subjected to a number of tests and/or asked a number of questions by law enforcement. Field sobriety tests are typically used by Tennessee police officers. Anyone who is asked to submit to such a test may be interested to know his or her legal options afterwards and what possible conditions may lead to test results being ruled inadmissible.

A field sobriety test requires a person under suspicion of intoxication to undergo a variety of physical maneuvers or perform certain tasks in a certain way. Many variables can complicate this process and may be relevant in court as a DUI case moves forward. The health of the individual taking the test and any physical limitations may unfairly impact the findings.

Someone with knee and back issues, for instance, may find the activities requested by an officer -- such as walking a straight line -- difficult if not impossible to accomplish. A person's weight can also be an issue when taking a field sobriety test. Significantly overweight individuals may also have a difficult time or find the requested tasks physically impossible. This inability to perform may lead to a person being viewed as impaired or under the influence, and those test results may be offered as evidence in court.

A field sobriety test is subjective and not a scientific way of determining if someone is intoxicated or under the influence, yet failure of one part of the test can lead to an arrest. Anyone given a field sobriety test in Tennessee may benefit by gaining an understanding of any outside or personal factors that could have skewed the test results. Our website may help in understanding these issues concerning field sobriety tests and how the results can be challenged in court as a case moves forward.