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Can your field sobriety test be used in court?

As a California resident facing DUI charges, you'll want to understand everything you can about DUI laws so you may successfully protect yourself. We at the Law Offices of Matthew C. Bishop, INC, work to provide you with information you can use that will help you defend your position in court.

If you failed a field sobriety test, you may be feeling concerned. After all, doesn't that "prove" that you were drinking at the time of driving? Fortunately for you, field sobriety tests aren't a reliable measure of whether or not a person has consumed alcohol. There are many cases in which you could have other health issues that can contribute to failing a field sobriety test. For example, people with migraines or weight troubles may have issues when it comes to balancing.

Moreover, there are some field sobriety tests that don't even have an agreed-upon standard. There are standardized field sobriety tests that can be used against you more easily in court, but that only covers 3 types of tests. If you were given a field sobriety test and failed, it's very possible that the test you took wasn't standardized and therefore may not hold up under scrutiny in court.

The consequences of being convicted of driving while under the influence can be very severe. For this reason, if you have been wrongly charged, it's important for you to have all the tools you need to fight back. Take a look at our web page on DUIs if you'd like more information on how to protect yourself against these charges.

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