Ariano & Associates, PLLC – Field Sobriety Page

Field sobriety tests can be quite frightening regardless of whether or not a driver is actually under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Many Arizona residents are not aware of what limits are placed on law enforcement officials’ conduct when conducting field sobriety tests.  As such, it is essential that any individual who is pulled over for allegedly driving under the influence is aware of what his or her rights are before, during, and after undergoing a field sobriety test.  The Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys of Ariano & Associates, PLLC dedicate a significant portion of their Phoenix criminal defense practice to helping individuals who have been charged with a DUI.  Our attorneys help clients with both minor and very serious criminal charges, and we can provide you or someone you know with the same dedicated representation.

What to Expect From an Arizona Field Sobriety Test

A field sobriety test is conducted when a police officer has probable cause to believe a driver has been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  This test occurs on the side of the road when and where the accused individual is pulled over.  The police officer will ask the accused individual to answer basic questions, walk in a straight line, balance on one foot, and ask the individual to touch his or her nose with the forefinger of each hand.  Police officers are looking for key characteristics that raise red flags, indicating that the individual is likely intoxicated and has been driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Such key characteristics include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Bloodshot eyes;
  • Slurred speech;
  • Lack of balance;
  • Eye fluttering or excessive blinking;
  • Unable to comprehend basic commands;
  • The smell of alcohol on the individual’s breath; and
  • Whether or not the individual is cooperating with police officers.

In addition to a field sobriety test, you may have to undergo a breathalyzer test to determine what your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is.  It is very important to be aware that you do not have a constitutional right to refuse a breathalyzer test, because each individual who gets behind the wheel impliedly consents to having their BAC tested if probable cause exists to believe the individual was driving under the influence of alcohol.  It is also important to be aware that you do have constitutional rights at risk that need to be protected, such as the right to due process of law.  If a police officer violates your constitutional rights in any way during a field sobriety test, the Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys of Ariano & Associates, PLLC may seek to have your DUI charge dismissed.

Contact the Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys of Ariano & Associates, PLLC Today

If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Arizona, it is imperative that you act quickly to fight your DUI charge.  DUI charges can result in very harsh penalties even for the most minor of DUI charges where nobody has been injured and the driver’s BAC was barely over the legal limit.  Regardless of the severity of your DUI charge, you will need a highly seasoned Phoenix DUI Defense Attorney to aggressively yet amicably fight on your behalf, defending your rights to the fullest extent possible.  The Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys of Ariano & Associates, PLLC have a reputation for success and have helped numerous clients overcome DUI charges and avoid the imposition of jail time and hefty fines. Our attorneys are available 24/7, as we understand DUI charges can happen at any time of the day or night.  To schedule an initial consultation with our Phoenix DUI Defense Attorneys, contact Ariano & Associates, PLLC today by calling (602) 975-2350.