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Field sobriety tests are not 100 percent accurate

Colorado law enforcement officers are always on the lookout for impaired drivers. Any time a driver appears to deviate from the norm, it is possible that an officer will spot such action and decide to stop the driver. Once this occurs, if the officer suspects that the driver has been drinking, he or she will likely ask the driver to perform voluntary roadside manuevers, more commonly referred to as field sobriety tests.

Field sobriety tests used to detect possible drunk driving

After a fun night out with friends, sometimes it is a challenge is to get home safely. Many simply drive home; for others who have been drinking, driving home may not be so simple and is certainly not safe. Many Colorado residents wisely recognize the need for a designated driver; however, designated drivers are not always available. Persons who have had only a few drinks may not realize that  they are legally impaired. In the event that a driver is stopped for suspected drunk driving, or any other traffic infraction and the officer observes perceivable signs of intoxication during contact with the driver, it is likely that officer will request that the driver step out of the vehicle and perform field sobriety tests or what the officer will refer to as "voluntary roadside manuevers".

How does field sobriety testing factor into DUI defense? P.2

In our last post, we began discussing the issue of field sobriety testing. As we noted, the Standard Field Sobriety Test consists of several discrete tests. It is important for readers to understand that they do not have to submit to field sobriety testing, and it usually in their interests not to do so, since officers essentially get to decide whether they think you passed or failed and this judgment can be inaccurate.

What does it take to convict a defendant for drunk driving in Colorado? P.2

In our last post, we began speaking on the issue of what exactly it takes to be convicted of drunk-driving charges in Colorado. As we noted last time, it is not the case that prosecutors always need to have evidence that the defendant was at or above the legal limit for blood alcohol content at the time of arrest. Such evidence does make it easier to obtain a conviction, but it isn’t necessary in all cases.