Category: DUI Checkpoints

Field sobriety tests, and their problems explained

Field Sobriety Tests are tools that an officer uses out in the field to help him or her form an opinion if a driver is under the influence of alcohol.

Whether or not Field Sobriety Tests are accurate to begin with is an issue in itself.  The more important question, however, is whether the officer administered the tests correctly, and did the officer interpret his observations of test clues correctly. Continue reading “Field sobriety tests, and their problems explained”

What are my rights if I get stopped by the police?

People often ask, “what are my rights if I get stopped by the police?” The officer is going to ask for your registration, your license and proof of insurance. Other than that, you don’t have any obligations to answer his questions or to do anything else for that matter. The fifth amendment of the US Constitutions says that no one can force us to say anything that would incriminate ourselves. Officers will ask you to do a field sobriety test. Officers will often times ask you to blow into a preliminary alcohol screening device, which is really nothing more than a field sobriety test. If you’re 21 or over, you don’t have to do it. So you’re better off not doing any breath testing. You’re better off not doing any field sobriety test because all you’re doing is giving the officer evidence to use against you down the road. If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, and you’re not sure where to go at this point, give me a call so that we can examine your particular case, and figure out what’s the best way to defend the case. Continue reading “What are my rights if I get stopped by the police?”