Before a police officer can perform a test to determine a person's blood alcohol concentration, the officer must have a suspicion that the person may be intoxicated. Asking the driver to perform certain tests is the most common way for an officer to confirm that suspicion. While the BAC may tell the level of intoxication a person has reached, the Standard Field Sobriety Tests typically confirm that a person in Tennessee is intoxicated before any blood is drawn or Breathalyzer administered.
The penalties for drunk driving in Tennessee are steep, and it is important for those facing charges to protect their rights by understanding the factors involved in their case. Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the measure used to determine how much alcohol is in a person's system and could be grounds for an arrest if it is measured at .08 percent or higher. In some cases, a driver could face charges even if the BAC level is lower than .08 percent.
Field sobriety tests are commonly used by law enforcement officers to determine if a driver is likely under the influence or drugs or alcohol and should be tested further. Despite their commonality, the results of these tests could be misinterpreted by a police officer. If you believe that your rights were violated during the administration of a field sobriety test or after a failed sobriety test, we can help.
A Tennessee mother has recently been arrested for drug possession and DUI after a law enforcement officer noticed suspicious behavior at a rest stop. The officer claims that the woman showed physical signs of substance use, and she was arrested after a second failed sobriety test. At the time of the arrest, the woman had her children in the car, who are currently safe.
An arrest for drunk driving can lead to a series of unfortunate consequences, including time in jail, fines and other penalties. If convicted of drunk driving, the defendant may find that it affects employment, reputation and may also impact other various areas of life. For many Tennessee individuals who are arrested for drunk driving, the trouble begins with a failed sobriety test.
During the summer months, there is usually an increase in drunk driving arrests as more people are driving and traveling. However, Tennessee readers should note that not only will drunk driving result in an arrest, but drunk boating will as well. In fact, authorities will be patrolling waterways over the summer, executing sobriety tests for boaters who are suspected to be drunk. As on land, a failed sobriety test on the water will lead to an arrest.
After a stop for suspected drunk driving, a driver will likely be asked submit to a series of tests administered by law enforcement in order to determine the potential impairment of a driver. A failed sobriety test can ultimately result in arrest and charges of drunk driving. As with any test subject to human error, it is possible that these test results may be incorrect.
The DUI charges against a Warren County woman were dismissed when the Tennessee Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the trial court that the missing evidence would prevent her from receiving a fair trial. The evidence in question was the video from the police vehicle that pulled her over for an improper lane change. According to the prosecution, the video recorded the initial stop, the failed sobriety test and the woman's subsequent arrest for DUI.