Holly L Campbell, CADC, RMSR, SQP

Common Law

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) are touted as the gold standard for detecting an impaired driver. When I do a jury selection, I always ask the question, “who here believes that if somebody can’t pass a field sobriety test, they must be drunk?” I almost always get a strong majority of people who raise their hands. Even defense attorneys fall for the propaganda. My friends over at Brighton Lewis offer courses on SFSTs and offer expert testimony that can be used to question or even completely negate the results of these tests. Even they admit that it can be difficult to convince attorneys to fight a case where the defendant “fails.” However, they, along with others in the know, understand that there are issues with SFSTs and many times they can be used to win a DUI case rather than as a conviction tool.

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