DUI Tests in California
If you are pulled over and a police officer suspects you of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other impairing substances, then you may be asked to perform some DUI tests. These are designed to obtain reasonable cause to warrant an arrest and to gather information to support a DUI charge. Some of the various types of tests you may be asked to perform include the following:
Field Sobriety Tests
The field sobriety test is not required. You can refuse to perform the test without incurring additional penalties in California. These tests may include the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN), the one-leg stand, and the walk-and-turn test. These are designed to determine if your motor skills are impaired due to alcohol consumption.
A breathalyzer is a small device used by police officers to determine blood alcohol concentration (BAC) by measuring the amount of alcohol in a person's breath. This can be a faulty test as it measures the breath of the person and can be influenced by alcohol in the mouth or a faulty breathalyzer device.
Testing the blood for alcohol content may seem like a highly scientific and foolproof test. This is not the always the case. It is important for you to know that human error can always come into play when a sample is handled.
Much like the blood test, this can seem like a foolproof test, but once again, human error can be a deciding factor as to the test's accuracy. It is also important for you to know that there is no evidence brought in a DUI case that cannot be fought against by a skilled representative.
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If you are facing criminal charges of driving under the influence, then you need legal representation to fight the charges against you. If you are convicted of this crime, then you could face penalties such as jail time, fines, driver's license suspension, and many others. Contact our firm today to discuss your charges and to learn more about how our firm can help you.