In most Tennessee drunk driving cases (DUI) , the police ask you to do some field sobriety tests. Most folks want to cooperate with the police and they try to do them. You just made the wrong decision. There are several reasons why you should not do the field sobriety tests ;
- Under Tennessee law a citizen is not required to give evidence against themselves when asked to perform field sobriety tests.
- The field sobriety tests are not scientific tests under Tennessee law.
- Since they are not scientific tests , they are judged subjectively. Meaning , a police officer makes the decision.
- Test conditions affect the field sobriety tests. Was the test surface level , lighted properly, and dry ?
- Shoes with heels two inches or higher can affect the test.
- Folks over 65 may have a hard time doing the tests.
- Folks overweight may have a hard time doing the tests.
- Medical conditions such as leg problems , old broken bones in your leg , back problems , inner ear problems are just to name a few.
- Some argue that their is a gender bias in the field sobriety tests and are unfair to women.
Once a police officer smells alcohol on your breath or you admit to having two beers , your going to be arrested for a DUI. You can’t talk your way out of it . You can’t walk the line out of it. Exercise your constitutional rights and do not give the police evidence that can be used in court against you.