What the Police Aren’t Telling You About Field Sobriety Tests
Have you checked your driver’s license lately, did you know that by operating a motor vehicle you are consenting to any sobriety tests required by law, but you may wonder which ones are required?
You are not required to submit to field sobriety tests. I repeat you are not required to submit to field sobriety tests
If you submit to the field sobriety tests you could be providing officers with probable cause to arrest you for DUI.
The Standard Field Sobriety Tests Include:
Walk-and-Turn: The driver instructed to take nine steps in a heel-to-toe fashion in a straight line. After the ninth step, you then must turn on one foot and return in the opposite direction in a heel-to-toe fashion.
One-Leg Stand: The driver is asked to balance on one leg, again without swaying or stumbling.
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: The officer asks the driver to follow the movement of an object about one foot from the driver’s face and checks for an involuntary jerking or bouncing motion of the eye, called a nystagmus. The approximate angle at which the eye begins to jerk indicates the possible level of intoxication.
Who Determines if I Pass the Field Sobriety Tests?
The police officer conducting the exam is looking for clues that you failed the field sobriety tests not reasons why you may not be impaired. The determination to make an arrest is at the discretion of the officer conducting the DUI test.
If you have any question about field sobriety tests contact Dadan Law Firm at 772-579-0347.