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How accurate are field sobriety tests?

If you are one of the many people in Florida who has been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense, you should learn about the options that may be available to you so that you can defend yourself appropriately. One thing that you should investigate is the tests that you might have been asked to take before you were arrested. Generally called field sobriety tests, these tests are not able to prove that you are intoxicated.

As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, these tests instead are only able to suggest that there is a possibility that you might be under the influence of alcohol. This possibility is what a law enforcement officer needs in order to lawfully place you under arrest. Only chemical tests can prove intoxication.

In addition, you should know that the field sobriety tests are not always accurate. Individually their accuracy rates span from 65 to 77 percent. If three tests were used in an arrest, the average accuracy rate is still only 82 percent. A person's weight as well as the presence of other medical conditions or injuries may contribute to inaccurate readings in one or more of the field tests. For example, someone with a leg injury might not be able to balance without some assistance.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Florida residents an idea of what field sobriety tests are really able to show and how many things may interfere with a person's ability to pass these tests.

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