It can be intimidating and stressful to be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. Many outside factors, including fear and stress, can combine to produce a false conclusion. Accordingly, a failed sobriety test is possible even if the driver is not intoxicated. If you are facing a drunk driving charge in Tennessee, being aware of these factors may be important in contesting the accusations in criminal court.
Field sobriety tests are subjective, and there is a margin of error with regard to the results. Physical limitations may make it difficult, if not impossible, to perform parts of the test. Knee and back problems or other injuries may limit one's ability to comply with an officer's requests. Being overweight or above a certain age may also negatively impact performance.
The manner in which a test is administered can also influence the results. If the police officer had no probable cause for asking you to take a field sobriety test in the first place, the case may actually be dismissed. All of these considerations should be explored if you are facing charges based, in whole or in part, on failed testing.
A failed sobriety test can be challenging to dispute, but it's not impossible. Each person's unique physical circumstances may impact how the test is conducted and the chances of failure. Our website has more information about these issues in Tennessee and what steps may be taken to protect your legal rights. It is possible to challenge the results of any testing performed by police officers in court, and a criminal defense attorney can offer advice and support at every stage of the court proceedings.