Knowing what to expect from Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2023 | DUI |

There may be a variety of strategies authorities might employ when seeking to determine the possible presence of impairment during a traffic stop. One common step could involve the administration of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Knowing what to expect from SFSTs could help individuals in Minnesota who face allegations of driving while impaired better prepare to navigate this process. 

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests 

There are three common types of SFSTs that authorities might use during a traffic stop for suspected DWI, one of which pertains to the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus. This test may task individuals with following an object with their eyes. When administering this test, authorities may be looking for signs such as an inability to track the object or constant jerking in the eyes.  

The Walk-and-Turn test may task a person with walking back and forth in a straight line. This test may seek to measure factors such as one’s ability to maintain balance without using one’s arms for aid. The One-Leg Stand test involves standing on one foot with the other foot several inches off the ground. Factors authorities may look for during this test could include whether one can balance without hopping or swaying. In each of these tests, authorities may also pay close attention to one’s ability to listen to and follow instructions. 

Facing DWI charges 

Being accused of driving while impaired can be a daunting process and the results of SFSTs may be just one factor that could influence the outcome of one’s situation. Those who have questions about what to expect could benefit from retaining the services of an attorney for guidance in navigating every aspect of the process. An attorney in Minnesota can evaluate the charges and evidence against a client and assist in developing a strong defense for use during subsequent court proceedings. 



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