Salt Lake City Utah DUI Field Sobriety Test Lawyer
A non-chemical test that is most often administered by trained officers is the Field Sobriety Test. The Field Sobriety Test is performed in most states in one way or another and it consists of a number of sub-parts. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has approved of some of these tests which are now referred to as Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which include:
- The one-legged stand test.
- The walk and turn test.
- The HGN (Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus) test.
The Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests includes having the driver:
- Stand with his feet together while tipping his head back.
- Watch the officer raise his fingers and then telling the officer how many fingers he raised.
- Say the alphabet.
- Count numbers backwards.
- Stand with his feet together, while tipping the head back, and holding arms out parallel with the street.
- Close his eyes and touching his nose with his finger.
- Pat his hand with the palm and back of the other hand.
At Salcido Law Firm we know how to defend against a Utah DUI even if you submitted to a Field Sobriety Test.
If you are pulled over by an officer and he requests that you take a Field Sobriety Test you should be aware that there is nothing that legally obligates you to take such a test, and there is nothing the officer can do to you for simply declining the Field Sobriety Test. Sure, he still might arrest you, but without evidence the state’s case for DUI fails.
Field Sobriety Tests are extremely important to the state’s case against you because it can establish the necessary probable cause for the officer to arrest and charge you with a Utah DUI. Don’t make the state’s job any easier by voluntarily giving it a Field Sobriety Test.