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What can you expect from a field sobriety test?

Posted on April 25, 2015 in Field Sobriety Tests

Being pulled over is something no driver wants to deal with. However, as officers in Arizona are committed to minimizing the number of drunk drivers on the roads, in order to improve the overall safety of road-users, if your driving appears to be at all erratic, you might be stopped. If this happens, the next step is likely to be a series of tests todetermine whether you are intoxicated.

You may already be aware of the breath test that is commonly used to measure an individual’s blood alcohol concentration. However, this is not the only means used by officers to figure out whether your driving isimpaired. There is a good chance that you will also be asked to submit to a number of field sobriety tests. These come in many forms, but can include the following:

  • Standing on one leg while counting. You may also be asked to hop or sway.
  • Counting backward or reciting the alphabet.
  • Touching your nose with your eyes closed.
  • Walking heel-to-toe in a straight line, then turning and proceeding back along the same line.
  • Following a moving object with your eyes.

As this article on sobriety tests explains, there are many non-standardized tests, so you may be asked to do something not on this list. However, the process is deemed to be a very accurate means of identifyingintoxication. However, there may still be reasons that you might fail the test, such as a medical condition that makes it hard for you to carry out some of the tasks required.

If you are faced with drunk driving charges, an attorney could be invaluable. He or she can help you understand what to expect from the investigation and may even be able to assist you with your defense as your work to avoid conviction.

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