One type of non-standardized physical field sobriety test is writing the alphabet. In theory, intoxication will cause careless penmanship. Of course, this is also the result of speed, nervousness or the type of writing utensil. An effective trial technique is comparing the defendant’s signature on the night of the arrest with other signatures, such as driver’s license, booking slip, bail receipt or citation. If there is little variation, the evidence of intoxication is diminished. A more risky technique is finding discrepancies in the officer’s signature. The DUI defense attorney should compare the handwriting on the night of the arrest with police reports in other cases. Since the officer was sober when signing these documents, any signature variation is excellent evidence to prove the test is flawed.
Verbal Tests – There are several verbal field sobriety tests that can be administered. The most common is reciting the alphabet without singing the song; or conversely, reciting the alphabet backwards. Another verbal test is counting backwards between two designated numbers. In some circumstances, test failures are the result of mental deficiencies or inadequate education, and in other instances the defendant attempts to illustrate sobriety by disobeying the officer’s specific instructions.
If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, contact a Sacramento DUI defense lawyer Richard Allaye Chan Jr. for free consultation. Call (916) 446-4400 today.
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