Friday, May 18, 2012

Minnesota Field Sobriety Tests (Don't Do 'Em?)

Believe it or not, Minnesota's Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are NOT a valid method for determining impairment --- due to drug or alcohol use.  Shocking - but true.  Ask any self-respecting Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney - like me.

If you hold "other" beliefs - after examining the following questions - tell me if you have even the slightest change of heat.

Field Sobriety tests Are Meaningless 

Here are some simple questions that should demonstrate to any right thinking individual why those road-side calisthenics the cops have drivers go through are all pointless.

  • Have you ever stumbled while walking?
  • Did that stumbling mean you were drunk?
  • If you can stumble while walking normally, what about when asked to perform the difficult and awkward task of walking heel-to-toe?
  • (As a side note, does anybody actually walk this way?)
  • What about standing on one leg?
  • Is this something you practice often?
  • If you stumbled does that automatically mean you are drunk?

The fact of the matter is that "not passing" these very difficult Field Sobriety Tests can be attributed to a number of factors. such as:

  • Age
  • Body weight/size
  • Medical History - including any lingering leg or back injuries
  • The type of shoes one has on
  • Innate Clumsiness
  • Nervousness

Despite everything set-forth above, the government (and judges) continue to place a lot of weight on these tests to determine intoxication.  As a result, many innocent people have been found guilty of M9innesota DWIs (especially DWI- where drug use is implied.

Think About it

Considering was been laid out here, this is why I suggest that (if you have been arrested for a Minnesota DWI) that consider hiring an attorney who is willing to fight the good fight - especially when it comes to is an Field Sobriety Testing - sop you can defend yourself against this "junk science" in court.  Protect your rights - contact the Rolloff Law Office today to get answers to your legal dilemmas.  Call:  (612) 234-1165.

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