DUI Field Sobriety Tests (FST)
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Field Sobriety Tests (FST) / Standard Field Sobriety in Arizona
Of all Field Sobriety Tests (FST) there are only three “Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST)” approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Medical Science; or other Arizona governing entity for DUI Roadside Testing. SFTSs are preliminary DUI tests administered by police following a DUI stop of a driver suspected of DUI, DWI, or driving “impaired to the slightest degree”. FSTs were developed to be used as a tool to assist police offers in preliminary detection of DUI, DWI, and Drunk Driving investigations. The Police officers must be formally trained and accredited to administer Standard Field Sobriety Tests. This training and accreditation is provided through the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) approved by NHTSA are:
These are intended to be used as preliminary tests only and are done in addition to a DUI breath or blood test. In order to administer the tests, the police must have your voluntary consent (not to be confused with DUI blood or chemical test which may be required.). FSTs are not required and only serve to strengthen the prosecution’s case against you. The police give you instructions on how to take the FST; grade you on the FST performance test; and then report on the results using a point system. If the suspect “fails” the test as judged by the police, the police will proceed to the next stage of DUI investigation which includes either a DUI breath test; Drug or DUI blood test or both.
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Call The Law Office of James Novak, PLLC today at (480) 413-1499 for your free initial consultation. If your DUI charges involved a Standard Field Sobriety Test, James Novak, will examine the circumstances and determine if a move to suppress or dismiss the SFTS evidence due to inaccuracies., or violations of your constitutional rights. With representation of an experienced private practice DUI Law Firm, such as The Law Office of James Novak, the court may rule in favor of the defendant, to prohibit the FST results from being admitted as evidence against you. There may be other defenses that you are not aware of that can lead to a dismissal of charges. The Law Office of James Novak exclusively defends DUI and criminal charges in Maricopa County. James Novak, DUI & Criminal Defense Attorney is also a former prosecutor in Maricopa County. He will use his vast amount of trial experience to defend your charges, and protect your rights. If retained, he will protect your rights and defend your DUI or criminal charges. Call today for a Free Consultation (480) 413-1499.
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