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DA Proves Tests Are Valid?

If your arrest for DUI was based on a failed field sobriety test, your Orange County DUI lawyer will closely scrutinize the facts regarding how the test was administered, how you performed, and whether the determination that you were intoxicated was valid. If any weaknesses exist, your Orange County DUI lawyer will attempt to discredit the results and either get them excluded from evidence or minimize their impact on the jury.

While your Orange County DUI lawyer will attempt to limit the impact of your failed field sobriety test, the prosecution will emphasize why it should be given great weight. If the evidence shows that the arresting officer properly administered the test, the prosecutor will highlight that your failure could not have been due to misunderstanding the instructions. If you exhibited symptoms of intoxication such as slurred speech or dilated pupils, the prosecutor will attempt to reinforce your test results by arguing those symptoms also prove you were drunk. Finally, if any witnesses testify that you did well on the test, the prosecutor will discredit them by pointing out that they are not experienced in administering field sobriety tests like the arresting officer presumably is.

Although minimizing the impact on the jury of a failed field sobriety test is not easy, an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer should be able to capitalize on any opportunities to do so.

To get a free initial evaluation of your case, please contact experienced Orange County DUI lawyer Chad Maddox.