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Gurnee Field Sobriety Test Lawyer

Overview Of Field Sobriety Tests In Illinois

Field sobriety tests have long been used as the basis for intoxicated driving arrests. However, these tests are not perfect indicators of a person's level of drunkenness or drug intoxication. If you were stopped on suspicion of drunk driving and put through field sobriety testing prior to being arrested for DUI, you may feel as if the evidence against you is irrefutable. However, this is rarely the case. Field sobriety tests are imperfect and unscientific. Any number of outside factors can interfere with the results of these tests, making them often unreliable evidence.

Brady Cole Trial Lawyers is skilled in the field of DUI defense. We have represented many people charged with these crimes, and we have achieved outstanding results in many cases. We find that field sobriety tests can work in our favor in cases where we are able to have their results excluded from evidence. We will begin with a careful assessment of your field sobriety tests and any other relevant circumstances surrounding your arrest, with the goal of identifying your best possible legal defense.

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Law Firm in Gurnee for Challenging Field Sobriety Tests

One of the main problems with field sobriety tests is that they are typically performed on the side of the road in whatever location you happen to have been stopped in rather than in a controlled environment. This means that a number of outside factors can influence the results of your testing. Our attorneys often spot issues such as:

  • Weather interference - The weather conditions at the time of your testing can have an enormous impact on your ability to perform the tests regardless of your level of intoxication. For example, if the side of the road is muddy, it will likely be quite challenging to walk a straight line as you slip on the slick surface. High winds can make it very challenging for even the most sober person to balance on one leg without swaying.
  • Medical conditions - Certain medical conditions, such as vertigo or an inner ear infection, can make it very difficult or impossible to pass field sobriety testing.
  • Inappropriate footwear - If you were wearing shoes like flip-flops or high heels, your footwear could have unfairly contributed to your inability to pass the tests.
  • Improper procedure - Police officers must follow specific procedures when administering standardized field sobriety tests. Administering an unauthorized test or otherwise failing to follow the proper procedures could result in those results being excluded from evidence so they cannot be used against you.

Attorney for Wisconsin OWI and Illinois DUI

Intoxicated driving offenses are generally charged as a misdemeanor, but a charge can be elevated to a felony in certain circumstances. If you have been charged with an OWI or a DUI, you may be in serious legal jeopardy. These cases are much more serious than a typical traffic offense. It is prudent to involve a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest for intoxicated driving.

Field sobriety tests are often an important part of the evidence used in drunk driving prosecutions. We also often challenge the results of chemical testing, such as breath or blood tests. In many cases, we are able to have intoxicated driving charges reduced or dismissed, often for lack of evidence. Our goal is to achieve the best possible resolution as quickly as possible.

Contact a Lake County DUI Lawyer for Field Sobriety Testing

Brady Cole Trial Lawyers is skilled in representing those who have been charged with intoxicated driving. We carefully review the results of any field sobriety tests to identify errors or outside factors that could lead to the test results being excluded from your case. For a free consultation, please contact us at 847-752-9639.

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