Minnesota Field Sobriety Test Defense

One of the most uncomfortable experiences a person can face is being pulled over by the police when you are driving your car. The situation can become disorienting and even frightening if the police officer at the side of your automobile directs you to step outside, accusing you of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.

Nearly immediately after you are directed to exit your car, the police will insist that you need to take a field sobriety test. (The fact is that you have a constitutional right to decline taking a field sobriety test. There is information available to you at this site regarding your rights pertaining to refusing a field sobriety test and relating to refusing to take a Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer test. With that in mind, you do need to understand that Minnesota is a state that has on its books a so-called implied consent law. We discuss implied consent in greater detail on another page of our website. We do suggest that you review this information as well.)

The stark reality is that even if you have had nothing to drink, or if you have consumed just a small amount of alcohol and likely would be able to pass an Intoxilyzer test, you very well may not perform well when it comes to a field sobriety test. You might end up failing a field sobriety test even though you were not legally intoxicated at the time the test was administered.

What a Minneapolis DWI Lawyer can do for You …

If you have faced a field sobriety test and failed, if you have been charged with driving while intoxicated, it is crucial that you retain the services of a qualified Minneapolis DWI lawyer immediately. If you delay in hiring a lawyer to fight for your rights and interests – to directly challenge the procedures associated with and the results of a field sobriety test – you face a real possibility of having to spend an extended period of time in jail, high fines and loss of your driver’s license.

Finding the Experienced Minneapolis DUI Lawyer You Need at Meaney & Patrin …

As you consider which Minneapolis DUI lawyer to retain to represent you in regard to your DUI charge, you definitely need to look at the services the attorneys at Meaney & Patrin can provide to you. Meaney & Patrin is a Minnesota law firm that dedicates its practice to DWI defense. The attorneys at the firm have an established track record in successfully challenging the results of field sobriety tests. Additionally, they have also prevailed in challenging the manner in which field sobriety tests were administered in the first place. Meaney & Patrin has also been recognized by other Minnesota attorneys as leaders in DWI defense.

There are three standardized field sobriety tests that are commonly utilized by law enforcement officers on the streets, roadways and highways of Minnesota:

  • The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (where an officer observes the driver’s eye movements when following an object from side to side).
  • Walk & Turn (where an officer observes the driver’s balance when instructed to walk heel-to-toe on a line).
  • One Leg Stand (where an officer observes the driver’s ability to maintain balance when standing on one foot).
    All three of these tests must be administered properly for an officer to be able to rely on the results as an indicator of impairment. There are other field sobriety tests as well, such as reciting the alphabet, counting backwards, and touching fingertips. If an officer suspects that a driver is under the influence of a controlled substance / illegal drug, there are even more field sobriety tests that can be administered.

Your Effective, Dedicated Minneapolis DWI Lawyer at Meaney & Patrin …

At Meaney & Patrin we completely understand how a DWI or DUI charge can turn your entire life upside down. As a consequence, we are dedicated to providing you with the most effective representation possible.

Simply, the lawyers in our firm have the dedication required to provide you with effective, powerful representation on all fronts when you find yourself facing a DWI or DUI charge. We will stand by you to ensure the most favorable resolution of your DWI or DUI case.

We have provided for your review the information that you will need in considering how we can be of assistance to you. Take a moment today to visit the rest of our site. We are available to meet with you at your convenience to discuss your case and the charges you are facing.

Additionally, if you have concerns about any issues arising from a field sobriety test, if you want to discuss whether we think we can effectively challenge and defeat the results of such a roadside examination, contact us immediately as well.

Please call our offices at 612-223-6595 . We will be happy to provide you with an initial consultation at no charge to you.

Experience … Knowledge … Dedication: Powerful Representation