DUI Alphabet Test

DUI Alphabet Test
Each year, thousands of drivers across the nation are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI). Many of these charges are based largely in part on the driver’s ability to perform certain exercises known as field sobriety tests. Although many of these tests may seem relatively easy, the criteria for passing them are based entirely upon subjective information (the officer’s observations and personal opinion). As a result, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends only three types of field sobriety tests: the walk and turn, horizontal gaze nystagmus, and the one leg stand. All other methods—including the frequently used DUI alphabet test are considered far too inaccurate.

As you can probably guess, the DUI alphabet test involves reciting your ABCs. Sounds simple enough, right? After all, doesn’t everyone know the alphabet? While this may be true in most cases, the fact is that this specific test is designed for failure.

You’re probably wondering how something as simple as reciting the alphabet can suddenly turn difficult. Well, since the test is not approved by the NHTSA, there are no set guidelines for administering it. This means the instructions you receive may vary from one officer to another—some may ask you to recite the alphabet, whereas others may instruct you to write them down. In some cases, the officer may even ask you to recite them backwards!

As you perform the alphabet test, the officer will be watching you for signs of intoxication. Slurring, making mistakes, and starting or stopping the test before you are told to do so are some of the most common reasons for failure. Likewise, if you fail to follow the officer’s directions exactly, you can also be arrested and charged with DUI.

Fortunately, with the right legal representation, many drivers are able to successfully challenge the results of field sobriety tests such as the alphabet test. From proving that your mistakes were caused by fatigue or nervousness to questioning the legality of the test in general, an experienced DUI attorney can easily determine the best defense strategy for your situation.

To increase your chances of receiving a favorable outcome in court, make sure you discuss your case with an experienced DUI attorney in your area today.

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