One of the most popular methods for New Jersey law enforcement to determine whether a driver has been driving under the influence of alcohol is to order the driver to submit to a field sobriety test. These tests are typically administered along the side of the road where the officer pulled the driver over for suspicion of DUI. Although field sobriety tests are labeled as subjective, it is common knowledge that they are designed to be failed by the driver. If you were subject to a field sobriety test, it is imperative that you hire an experienced New Jersey drunk driving lawyer to determine whether the field sobriety was properly administered and the results are valid, especially if it was not one of the standardized tests recognized by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Non-Standardized Tests: Unreliable and Unpredictable The NHTSA recognizes three types of standardized field sobriety tests: horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk-and-turn test, and the one-leg stand test. The results from these tests are generally accepted to be a reliable indicator of drunk driving. There is another group of field sobriety tests that are not widely accepted or recognized by the NHTSA as reliable. Despite the lack of reliability and validity of the results, law enforcement agencies continue to utilize these tests in determining whether a driver is under the influence. These non-standardized tests include requesting the driver to say the ABCs or counting backwards, engaging the driver in coin tricks, and the finger-to-nose or finger-tap tests. Challenging the Results of Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests An experienced New Jersey drunk driving lawyer can generally challenge the results of a non-standardized field sobriety test in court. Although these tests are designed to measure the mental and physical impairment due to alcohol use, the results are mostly unreliable because the signs can be traced to other problems that are unrelated to the consumption of alcohol.
For example, there may be numerous other reasons as to why you are unable to tap your finger to your finger to your nose, such as extreme fatigue, nervousness or a serious medical condition. They Can Help You Fight Your New Jersey Drunk Driving Case Mr. Matrafajlo has the experience in New Jersey municipal courts that you need. He has been recognized locally for his legal ability and named a SuperLawyers Rising Star by his peers. Dan has the knowledge and skill to prepare the best strategy and present the best evidence at your DUI bench trial to increase the likelihood of dismissing the DUI charges against you.