Field Sobriety Tests Following A Polk County DUI Stop
Polk County DUI Attorneys And Lawyers
Would you like to learn more about field sobriety tests and how these may affect your Polk County DUI case? At Finebloom & Haenel, we are dedicated criminal defense attorneys who have represented clients in DUI cases throughout Polk County and the surrounding areas for many years. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case with you and determine how we can help.
As experienced lawyers, we understand exactly how a driver’s performance on a field sobriety test can affect drunk driving charges, an arrest and the driver’s criminal case. On this page we have included some basic information about field sobriety tests, but we are also happy to address your unique concerns if you contact the firm.
What are Field Sobriety Tests?
A field sobriety test is used to measure a driver’s mental and physical abilities. By testing the driver’s balance, coordination and ability to follow instructions, law enforcement is looking to get a better assessment of whether the driver is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. There are three main field sobriety tests used in Polk County:
- Walk and Turn: walk 9 steps in one direction, heel to toe, and then 9 in the other direction.
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: follow an object, finger or light with the eyes.
- One Leg Stand: stand on one leg with the other raised approximately 6 inches off the ground, while counting aloud.
There are a number of factors which may influence your performance on field sobriety test. What if you are wearing high-heeled shoes? What if you have allergies or are ill? What if you have a physical injury or problems with your eyes? Age, weight and a natural ability to follow instructions may all influence your ability to perform well on a field sobriety test.
A skilled DUI lawyer will be able to evaluate your particular case and your field sobriety tests in order to determine how to challenge your charges.
Contact Finebloom & Haenel today for help with your Polk County DUI charges.