Field Sobriety Test Defense Lawyer in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia
More Than 39 Years of Experience in DWI/DUI Defense
Lack of sleep, poor coordination, or a medical condition can cause even sober drivers to fail field sobriety tests. Unfortunately, if you refuse a field sobriety test, the prosecution will presume you are guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.
I am criminal defense attorney John J. Rice, and I understand you might feel trapped with no clear options after a DWI/DUI arrest. You can count on me to advocate for your constitutional rights. I am prepared to investigate the charges against you and mount an aggressive defense strategy.
For more than 39 years, I have defended thousands of clients accused of drunk driving in Virginia. I understand the criminal justice system is strongly biased in favor of the prosecution. I am committed to try and even the playing field. Contact my law firm today in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia to schedule a free initial consultation.
Inaccuracy of Field Sobriety Tests
In Virginia, law enforcement employs a variety of field sobriety tests, including the one-leg stand test. Studies have revealed that many individuals fail the one-leg stand test based on their lack of coordination or balance. Similarly, other standard field sobriety tests measure drivers' cognitive and memory skills instead of their intoxication level.
Police officers in Virginia are also known to use nonstandardized field sobriety tests. For example, motorists pulled over for suspicion of a DWI/DUI might have to recite the alphabet or count backwards. The federal government and the scientific community have concluded that these tests do not accurately determine if a driver is impaired.
At the law office of John J. Rice, I am prepared to challenge the validity of field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests through questioning the accuracy of these tests. I will also determine if police officers had a probable reason to pull you over. I will fight for your charges to be dismissed or greatly reduced if your constitutional rights were violated.
Contact My Law Office Today
If you are facing drunk driving charges in Virginia, contact my law office today to schedule a free initial consultation. I will aggressively defend your rights in trial and in administrative hearings before the Division of Motor Vehicles.