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New Jersey DWI SFSTs

If you were pulled over for drunk driving, chances are that you were subjected to an embarrassing and overwhelming field sobriety test. These DWI tests that were used to gauge your level of driving impairment may be inaccurate measurements of your ability to drive. A skilled New Jersey DWI lawyer can build a strong defense based on the accuracy of the field sobriety test results in your DWI case.

Research has shown that there is “not a single study” that meaningfully links the standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs) to actual driving impairment. Moreover, national agencies, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the United States Department of Transportation, have neither stated nor proven that these SFSTs can reliably indicate an individual’s level of driving impairment.

Certain police agencies nationwide even agree with this point, that there are some SFSTs that fail to accurately assess driving impairment. Case on point is the California Highway Patrol manual, specifically stating that the horizontal gaze nystagmus test is not meant to be considered a sign of driver impairment.

The results of a DWI standardized test and the prosecution’s interpretation of the results can have a grave bearing on the results of your DWI case. A knowledgeable and aggressive New Jersey DWI lawyer can successfully highlight the inconsistencies in the SFSTs to fight for the dismissal of your DWI charges.