Being pulled over by the police is almost always a daunting experience. If the officer suspects that you may have been driving while impaired, you will likely be asked to perform a series of tasks that are designed to help demonstrate your level of sobriety.
Three different tasks comprise what is called the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. While issuing the test, an officer can gauge a suspect's concentration, balance, and physical ability. So, if you are pulled over for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, what is the officer likely to ask you to do?
The following are parts of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test:
- The One-Leg Stand, in which suspects must raise one of their feet around 6 inches and maintain the pose for 30 seconds. Difficulty maintaining balance is considered an indicator of intoxication.
- The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus, which involves the officer observing the suspect's eye movement. Exaggerated eye jerking movements are a sign of impairment.
- The Walk and Turn consists of the suspect taking nine straight heel-to-toe steps and then turning around on 1 foot and repeating the process. This demonstrates the suspect's ability to perform tasks while his or her attention is divided.
The Standardized Field Sobriety Test is considered very accurate. But the above-mentioned are not the only tasks you may have to perform during a stop. Additionally, suspects who fail a field sobriety test are typically issued a Breathalyzer test.
If you are ever arrested on drunk driving charges after being pulled over and tested, you may wish to have an experienced DWI attorney work on your behalf. The attorney may be able to help you get the charges dismissed or convince the court to give you an alternative form of sentencing.