Criminal Law DUI Sobriety Tests
Sobriety tests are used by a law enforcement officer to accuse a motorist of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). The most commonly known form of sobriety testing is the breath test, which can be determinative of an illegal blood alcohol concentration. Contrary to popular belief, sobriety testing can take several different forms, including:
- An officer’s subjective observations before and during a traffic stop: Was the driver swerving or crossing lanes? Did the driver smell of alcohol? Did the driver slur his or her words or appear drunk? In what manner did the driver pull over and respond to the officer’s questions?
- Field tests, which can involve a driver being asked to walk a straight line, recite the alphabet or perform another task.
- Breathalyzer tests, used at the scene of a traffic stop to determine whether a driver’s BAC was over the legal limit of .08 percent.
- Blood tests, which are usually done at a police station after a driver has been arrested.
A DUI conviction can bring serious consequences, including the loss of driving privileges. If you or a loved one has been charged with drunk driving, seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Protecting The Rights Of Clients Since 1979
At the Pittsburgh Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we represent drivers who have been arrested for DUI on Pennsylvania roads. Since 1979, Melvin and his firm have provided criminal defense counsel that is aggressive, practical and strategic.
In order to convict you of drunk driving, the prosecution needs evidence of your alleged intoxication. In many cases, our attorneys will challenge the evidence against our clients; this can include questioning the officer who made the arrest, examining the details surrounding the traffic stop, exploring the accuracy of the testing equipment, or looking at other aspects of what led to the charges. In other cases, they will negotiate on a client’s behalf to reach the most favorable possible results.
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If you have questions about the administration of a roadside sobriety test, or about any DUI-related matter, contact us today. Melvin Vatz offers a free case evaluation.