One way of challenging Maryland DUI charges may be to challenge a field sobriety test that the DUI charges are based on. It is always essential for accused drivers and anyone facing criminal charges to know how they may be able to challenge the charges they are facing and protect themselves from the potentially severe penalties and consequences associated with criminal and DUI charges.
Challenges to field sobriety tests may be based on three different approaches. Initially, it is important to note that it may be possible to challenge the reliability of field sobriety tests altogether. Studies have shown that even when they are performed correctly, field sobriety tests are only 81 percent to 91 percent reliable at determining intoxication. Ensuring that a field sobriety test is reliable is important for accused drivers and can be an important part of their criminal defense.
There are several factors that can affect the reliability of a field sobriety test, including the training of the police officer conducting it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides guidelines for properly administering a field sobriety test that police officers should be trained in an ensure they follow. If they do not, it can affect the reliability and accuracy of the field sobriety test. In addition, the physical and mental condition of the accused driver must also be taken into account when a field sobriety test is being conducted to further ensure it produces reliable results.
Because field sobriety tests can often lead to DUI charges or form the basis for DUI charges, accused drivers must know how to challenge field sobriety tests when necessary. DUI charges can result in an avalanche of unpleasant personal and professional consequences so accused drivers need to know how to respond to them.