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Exploring The Most Common Types of Field Sobriety Tests (Part 1)

5/3/2018

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Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. That's just one reason law enforcement officers nationwide are continuing to crack down on drunk driving arrests. Getting arrested for DUI is an extremely serious matter, and unless you fully understand the process, you'll likely end up paying serious damages in more ways than one. But with the helpful advice from legal representatives, you can keep yourself informed and know the right steps to take from the minute you're pulled over. With that in mind, understanding the various field sobriety tests police use most often can help to make sure you're prepared. Here's part one of our guide that will explore some of the most common field sobriety tests used by law enforcement officers nationwide.

Finger to Nose
This test, like many others, is designed to test balance and coordination. To perform this test, the officer will ask you to stand up straight with your feet touching each other. Close your eyes, extend your arms, and then touch your nose with your finger. During this time, the officer will look for signs of intoxication, including muscle spasms, lack of balance, not placing your finger directly on your nose, and more.

Nystagmus
In addition to testing balance, law enforcement officers also check your eyes for signs of intoxication. The officer will administer the nystagmus test by slowly moving a finger or pencil back and forth. They'll check your eyes to see how clearly you can follow the pencil's path. If your eyes dart back and forth or your vision is slowed down and choppy, you're likely to fail this test.

Keep in mind that these tests are entirely voluntary. Police cannot force you to participate in them, but if you do choose to opt out, be aware that you'll most likely be breathalyzed or taken right to the police station to receive criminal charges. Regardless of which option you choose, remember that working with with a reputable legal representative that specializes in DUI cases. Keep an eye out for the next post, where we'll discuss some more of the most common types of field sobriety tests. For more information about what to do when being charged with a crime, contact Rhett Bernstein.