Should you do Field Sobriety Tests if asked by an Officer?
Should you do the Standard Field Sobriety Tests if asked by an Officer? The answer is No. I believe these tests are set up to make you fail, whether you are sober or intoxicated.
My name is Eric Benavides and I am a Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer.
Today one of my clients called and asked me about the Standard Field Sobriety Tests. He said, “If I happen to be arrested again in the future for DWI, should I take them”?
And I always tell them, NO, I wouldn’t take them even if I was stone cold sober. Because those tests are designed to make you fail.
First of all, even their own training manual tell you they are not 100%.
Second of all, they are asking you to do very abnormal things to test your normal faculties.
Is that fair? Do you normally walk in a straight line touching heel to toe? Do you normally balance on one leg without using our hands for support? No we don’t. So if it was me I would never take them, because in my opinion, that is just absolute junk science, and it is designed to make you fail.
Eric Benavides is a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney. He is a co-founder of Benavides & Serrano, PLLC. He is a graduate of the prestigious Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Trial College, and is a proven trial lawyer. He has been recognized as one of the best criminal lawyers in Houston by the Houstonia magazine, and has earned a perfect 10.0 rating on AVVO.