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What happens when you face a field sobriety test?

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2022 | DUI |

If you’re pulled over on suspicion of DUI in Florida, the police officer may ask you to perform field sobriety tests. These tests are typically designed to help officers determine whether a person is intoxicated. It’s important to know what these tests entail as well as your rights if you’re asked to perform the tests.

What is a field sobriety test?

A field sobriety test is a physical or mental task that an officer may ask you to perform during a traffic stop. These tests are usually done if the officer believes that you may be impaired by drugs or alcohol.

There are three main types of field sobriety tests, and one of the most common is the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. This test is when the officer will ask you to follow an object, such as a pen or finger, with your eyes.

Another common type of field sobriety test is the walk-and-turn test. This is when the officer will ask you to walk heel-to-toe in a straight line for nine steps and then turn around and walk back.

The last common type of field sobriety test is the one-leg stand test. This is when the officer will ask you to stand on one leg for 30 seconds without swaying.

Your rights during a field sobriety test

It’s important to know that you have the right to refuse a field sobriety test. However, if you do refuse, the officer may arrest you, and your driver’s license may get suspended. This may happen if they believe you are driving under the influence based on other evidence, such as your behavior or the smell of alcohol on your breath.

If you do agree to take a field sobriety test, you have the right to ask the police officer to demonstrate it to you first. You also have the right to stop the test at any time.

If you’re pulled over on suspicion of DUI, remember that you have rights. Be sure to know what those rights are and what to expect so that you can make the best decision for your situation.