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Factors Influencing Field Sobriety Tests

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Anders Johnson
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In California, a DUI stop results in field sobriety tests.  I've discussed certain factors which affect the results, including the pure subjective aspect of them.  There are also other factos affect a performance.

Imbalance during the tests can be caused by various factors.  Weather conditions such as wind, extreme temperatures, a slippery surface, and rain.  Shoes, whether they be the height and shape, or the material of the show.  Illnesses, such as a cold, arthritis, physical injuries, age, or othe defects.  Emotional considerations, whether it be anger, embarassment, nervousness, and other feelings.

Another factor can be caffeine, which has an adverse effect on the tests in combination with alcohol, making one's muscular coordination and timing suspect.  In addition, there is the "circadian rhythim" or in layman terms, the biological clock.  Doing the tests late at night or early in the morning effect performance, as does jet lag.

A DUI attorney will look into whether any of the above factors apply, and further place into question the validity of the field sobriety tests.

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