Challenging Field Sobriety Tests
Under the law of implied consent in the state of Texas, a police officer
has the right to pull you over and conduct a field sobriety test that
is based on the suspicion that you have been driving under the influence.
Field sobriety tests consist of different physical exercises that are
intended to help an officer gauge whether a driver is impaired.
At the Law Offices of Ruben Ortiz, in El Paso, we can represent you if
you are facing a drunk driving charge in Texas. If your DWI stop involved
one or more field sobriety tests, our lawyers can help you understand
your rights and whether those tests were administered properly.
Contact our law firm in El Paso, Texas, at 915-308-8850 to schedule a free consultation
as soon as possible.
Challenging Field Sobriety Tests In Texas
The full battery of tests include:
- Ability to stand on one leg
- Walk-and-turn test
- Finger-to-nose coordination
- Horizontal gaze test
- Ability to finger count
- Finger tracing coordination
Our firm knows the strategies to challenge the results of each of these
tests at ALR hearings and in court. A poor performance in a field sobriety
test may be the result of any number of factors, many of which are not
related to intoxication from alcohol or drugs. Environmental conditions
such as poor lighting, an uneven surface and inclement weather may affect
Your own physical condition such as fatigue, nervousness, depression or
prescription medication may also affect your ability to perform some parts
of the test, but not necessarily your ability to drive legally.
Before you discuss your arrest with the police, contact the Law Offices
of Ruben Ortiz for a free consultation. You have the right to an attorney.
Contact us online or call our El Paso DWI attorney at 915-308-8850 for a free consultation.