Field Sobriety Tests

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Field sobriety tests were invented for the purpose of estimating the blood alcohol content (BAC) of an individual and essentially give law enforcement enough “probable cause” to arrest and charge that individual with DUI. If you have been in this situation, we urge you to reach out to our attorney team.

Backed by 75+ years of experience, Denali Law Group can challenge the evidence against you. We believe that field sobriety tests are an inaccurate measure of intoxication and we will investigate all the circumstances around your arrest and fight to ensure that your rights are upheld throughout case proceedings.

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Types of Field Sobriety Tests

Though there are many types of field sobriety tests, law enforcement typically uses three: the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the walk and turn test, and the one leg stand test. Occasionally, you may also be asked to recite numbers or the alphabet in a certain order.

Some of the main field sobriety tests are outlined below:

  • The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test: In this test, an officer holds a finger or an object at arm’s length in front of your face. He or she moves the object from side to side across your vision and looks for involuntary jerking movements in your eyeball.
  • The Walk-and-Turn Test: In this test, an officer will ask you to walk heel-to-toe in a straight line for a certain number of steps. Then you must pivot on the line and return the way you came. The police officer will look for wobbling or inability to follow directions.
  • The One-Leg Stand Test: In this test, you will be asked to stand on one leg for a certain amount of time. The police officer will be looking for unsteadiness or inability to complete the test.

Can I Refuse to Submit to a Field Sobriety Test?

As you can see, there are many variables that could play into someone failing a field sobriety test. Whether due to road conditions, medical conditions, weather, or other factors, these tests can be an unreliable depiction of the state of a person.

Fortunately, you are not penalized for refusing to do these tests. However, you must remain firm in your decision to refuse them and politely ask to speak to a lawyer for legal advice.

Once you are arrested for DUI, you are required to take a breath test at the police station. In this case, refusal will have penalties, similar to that of a DUI charge itself. So, if you find yourself pulled over by police, remember that you can politely refuse a field sobriety test, but will be penalized if you refuse the breath test.

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