Failed a Field Sobriety Test?

Field sobriety tests gauge a driver's coordination, balance and ability to follow instructions.

The three "standardized" field sobriety tests most commonly used:

  • Walk and Turn - Walk 9 steps in one direction, heel to toe, turn around and walk in the opposite direction. Gauges balance, and ability to follow instructions and coordination.
  • One Leg Stand - Stand with feet together and arms at your sides, with one leg lifted 6 inches off the ground. Gauges balance, coordination and ability to follow instructions.
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus - Follow an object or light with your eyes. The officer will be looking for an involuntary side-to-side jerking movement in the eyes.

With our experience in this field, our team understands how to challenge the different types of field sobriety tests. Even when administered by the book, they are not 100% accurate.

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DUI Defense in Florida

At Thomas & Paulk, one of our primary focuses is on the defense of DUI charges. In fact, we are recognized throughout the Tampa area as one of the premier DUI defense law firms. Our team is well-versed in this area of the law and has a wide-expanse of experience in helping our clients fight against such charges.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first offense or your third, you can count on our firm to protect your legal rights. Often, our defense starts with recounting with you how the police officer came to stop you in the first place and how he or she came to believe you may be under the influence of alcohol. If the stop was illegal, or the tests were improperly administered, we may be able to argue for the dismissal of that evidence in court, helping your chances of a dropped charge.

If you would like to learn more about how our team can help, contact us today.

  • If you're arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing where you can fight to save your license.

  • A blood alcohol reading of 0.15% or more can warrant an aggravated DUI charge with harsher penalties.

  • Each year, Hillsborough County issues around 4,000 DUI citations. Out of these, more than 3,000 are found guilty.

  • Per Florida's zero-tolerance policy, anyone under the age of 21 who tests positive for any measurable blood alcohol can be charged with DUI.

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