Drunk Driving Lawyer Questions Validity of Field Sobriety Tests

A New Hampshire man was arrested for DUI, but only convicted of a lesser offense because of his body type. Now many are questioning the validity of field sobriety tests.

Jaimil Choudhry, 20, of North Hampton is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds, which meets the clinical definition of obesity. While police believed Choudhry was intoxicated at the time of his arrest, drunk driving lawyer Andrew Cotrupi argued that his client shouldn’t have been given particular field sobriety tests because of his obesity.

Cotrupi said Choudhry’s obesity was a significant factor that prevented him from completing the field sobriety test as expected, where Choudhry was not able to balance on one leg the night of his arrest, due to his weight.

Choudhry’s DUI lawyer was able to negotiate with the prosecutors so he was only charged with a violation of reckless operation instead of a DUI. Choudhry pled guilty to the charge and agreed to pay a $500 fine and surrender his license for 60 days.

While Choudhry’s case isn’t common, it shows that there are valid forms of defense to field sobriety tests. Field sobriety tests are not absolutely accurate, and can often be challenged in Flathead County, Montana. If you believe that a field sobriety test in Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Libby or Polson was done improperly or lead to an incorrect result, call a DUI lawyer immediately. I offer a free case review of DUI cases – call 752-6373 today to schedule an appointment and find out about my flat fees.

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