When a law enforcement officer pulls you over on the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, he or she may decide to perform field sobriety tests, also known as road sobriety tests, to determine whether you are too impaired to be operating a motor vehicle. A field sobriety test may or may not be done in conjunction with a breathalyzer test, however, field sobriety tests are notoriously unreliable for determining whether a person was intoxicated or not while behind the wheel.

 

Field sobriety tests may include:

 

– A one leg stand

– Walking in a straight line, or the “walk and turn” test

– Reciting the alphabet forwards or backwards

– A horizontal gaze test

– Finger counting

 

Unfortunately, many people who have not been drinking at all fail field sobriety tests every day and are wrongly accused of DUI, and falsely arrested. This is especially true if the officer making the arrest does not use a breathalyzer test, or uses one at the police station after making the arrest.

 

Failure of a field sobriety test can occur due to many different factors, including:

 

– Back, knee or other joint problems that prevent you from doing the “walk and turn” test correctly

– Nervousness

– Tired

– Overweight

– Poorly administered field sobriety test

 

If you have been given a field sobriety test and failed, resulting in being charged with a DUI, contact the Law Firm of Ross, Kelley & Martin, PLLC. We can help you build a solid defense and will work to protect your rights under the law.

 

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