Michelle Edens

Field Sobriety Testing

Field sobriety testing usually involves simple physical and cognitive testing to determine whether or not you have been driving under the influence of alcohol. The tests are designed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and are meant to be accurate. However, our law firm understands that standardized field sobriety tests are not always an accurate assessment of one’s ability to drive. If you have been suspected of drinking and driving while under the influence of alcohol, hire an experienced DUI defense attorney immediately.

Standardized Vs. Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Standardized field sobriety tests and non-standardized field sobriety tests are different in the way they are administered. In many cases, if you are pulled over by a police officer for DUI, chances are they will have you get out of the car and perform the following standardized tests:

  • Standing on one leg
  • Walk and turn
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus test

The non-standardized tests for DUI may include a different set of procedures such as:

  • Standing with your feet together and tipping the head backwards
  • Counting the number of fingers an officer raises
  • Reciting all or some portion of the alphabet
  • Counting backwards
If you feel you need to talk to an attorney regarding your rights being violated, at any time, during the field sobriety testing procedures, call 630-665-8978.
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