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As a rule, field sobriety tests aren't as dependable as blood or urine tests for determining the level of alcohol in your system. However, you could still fail a field test and end up in jail. That's when you need to reach out to a Michigan DUI defense attorney to figure out your next step.

Types of Sobriety Field Tests
The classic types of sobriety field test that most of us are familiar with are those in which one is asked to walk a straight line or alternately touching an index finger to the nose. Other forms of field sobriety testing include:

  • Picking up dropped coins
  • Reciting the alphabet or counting backwards from 100
  • Keeping balanced on one leg
  • Horizontal nystagmus test


As opposed to blood or urine testing, the interpretation of field sobriety tests are left up to the arresting officer. This means that they are very subjective. Your Michigan DUI defense attorney will assess the tests given to you to find a way of attacking their results in court.

Recreating the Tests with Your Michigan DUI Defense Attorney
Your Michigan DUI defense attorney may ask you to recreate the field sobriety tests as they were administered. This will help your attorney establish the foundation of your physical abilities. Your Michigan DUI defense lawyer will then compare those results with those found at the scene of your arrest.What was the weather like that night? Was there a smooth, flat surface where the test was conducted? When your Michigan DUI defense attorney collects all of that information he will be able to formulate your defense. All of this springs from those initial field sobriety tests. Can you trust those results? Perhaps not, but you can certainly trust a qualified Michigan DUI defense lawyer.

Call a Michigan DUI Defense Attorney
A conviction for DUI can seriously impair your ability to obtain certain kinds of employment, and may even lead to jail time. The Law Offices of Christopher Trainor & Associates can help. Call 800-961-8477 to arrange a meeting to discuss your case.

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