Field Sobriety Test

DUI Field Sobriety Test

Field Sobriety Test

Field Sobriety Test is probably the most well known part of a DUI arrest.  The test typically involves balancing exercises including a 9-step walk and turn and a one-leg stand.  The test is designed to determine whether a person is impaired by alcohol, but performing the test sober can be very difficult.  Additionally, the police consider the slightest errors as a sign of impairment and often exaggerate the results to fit their goals.

Although police consider the field sobriety test an effective tool at determining alcohol impairment, there is plenty of scientific evidence challenging the tests.  An experienced DUI attorey can effectively challenge the results of a field sobriety test and help you win your DUI.


Right to Refuse the Field Sobriety Test

You have the right to refuse the field sobriety test.  In many, if not most situations, it is a good idea to refuse the test altogether.  You do not have to exit your vehicle for a traffic stop unless you are officially under arrest.  You cannot be put under arrest for simply exercising your constitutional rights.  If you have any questions regarding any aspect of your DUI case contact attorney Kris Carrasco today at (360) 975-4673 for a free consultation.