A previous post on this blog talked about how Bryan and College Station, Texas, residents do not have to take field sobriety tests if they are pulled over for a DWI investigation. However, for a variety of reasons, many people choose to take these test anyway.
While perhaps a subject for a different blog post, suffice to say for now that while these tests are not always reliable indicators of whether a person is intoxicated, they can and will be used against a person in court.
It is important to remember also that one need not fail a breath or blood test to get charged with a DWI; if an officer forms an opinion, based on field sobriety tests and other observations, that someone is too drunk to drive, then the officer can make an arrest, and the driver can be facing serious consequences, including jail, even if it is a first time offense.
Our law office has considerable experience defending against DWI charges, including charges that are based totally or at least in part on field sobriety tests. We understand that even an “ordinary” drunk driving charge, that is, a first-time offense without an accident or other factors mixed in, can mean a license suspension of up to 1 year, probation and all kinds of costs, fees, an obligations, not to mention a criminal conviction and an increase in insurance premiums.
As a result, we will thoroughly investigate all aspects of a drunk driving charge right from our first meeting with a client. If part of the case includes an accusation that our client did not pass field sobriety tests, then we will make sure the tests were correctly administered and that there was nothing aside from alcohol that could have influenced the test.
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