Field Sobriety Tests Used In DUI Detection
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If the officer decides there is reasonable suspicion to believe you are impaired, he will ask you if you will agree to take Field Sobriety Tests.
These are standardized tests, including:
There are specific requirements that the officer must follow and specific factors he is to consider when determining if your performance shows impairment.
You Do Not Have To Perform These Tests.
I recommend that my clients not take the tests. These are very subjective and if the officer has decided to give you the tests, he will be able to find enough mistakes to justify an arrest. If you look bad – even if for reasons other than being impaired – e.g. medical issues, problems with balance, overweight, nervousness – then the video of these tests will be used against you to get a conviction.