Why the Field Sobriety Tests Are Garbage

By Garth O'Brien | December 2, 2007 
Filed Under DUI News

Port Richey, Florida. Joseph Errichiello was arrested for DUI this year by the Florida Highway Patrol. Joseph failed the field sobriety tests and was arrested. Joseph provided a breath test reading of 0.00. The police did not believe Joseph’s claims that he had nothing to drink and consumed no drugs.

Joseph was then subjected to a urine test. His urine proved he had not consumed any alcohol or drugs. I have been saying the field sobriety tests are garbage for a long time.

As a prosecuting attorney I had questions about them, but government attorneys rarely get access to proper training. As a defense attorney I completed the Standardized Field Sobriety Test certification course. It was obvious how easy police officers can twist the “results” of these tests to support their grounds for arrests.

Joseph, like a majority of the population, cannot pass these tests sober. Good luck the next time you are pulled over and the police officer thinks you have been drinking. In Washington State the field sobriety tests are voluntary. I would never take them and I told my former clients never to take them. They are garbage and poor Joseph found out the hard way. Luckily for the Joseph the prosecutors dropped his DUI case.

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2 Responses to “Why the Field Sobriety Tests Are Garbage”

  1. JOSEPH on December 10th, 2007 10:53 am

    YES THE CHARGES ARE DROPPED, BUT NOW THEY ARE LOOKING TO FILE CHARGES ON ME FOR RECKLESS DRIVING. I FEEL IF I WAS NOT A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES NONE OF THIS WOULD HAPPEN. ONLY IN AMERICA

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