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No Right to Courtroom Demonstration of Field Sobriety Test

A field sobriety test is an investigative tool used by law enforcement officers investigating suspected intoxication. Generally, when a criminal trial involves the question of whether a particular person was intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs, and when one or more field sobriety tests were used in the investigation, a police officer may testify about the tests given and the suspect's performance. In the recent Tennessee case of State v. Cooper, M2013-01084-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 12-17-2014), the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed a trial court ruling denying the defense request for a courtroom demonstration of one of the tests about which testimony was presented.

No Right to Courtroom Demonstration of Field Sobriety Test

A field sobriety test is an investigative tool used by law enforcement officers investigating suspected intoxication. Generally, when a criminal trial involves the question of whether a particular person was intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drugs, and when one or more field sobriety tests were used in the investigation, a police officer may testify about the tests given and the suspect's performance. In the recent Tennessee case of State v. Cooper, M2013-01084-CCA-R3-CD (Tenn.Crim.App. 12-17-2014), the Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed a trial court ruling denying the defense request for a courtroom demonstration of one of the tests about which testimony was presented.

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