If you were recently arrested for DUI/DWI in Chicago, IL, contact a knowledgeable Chicago DWI attorney at Stone & Associates to determine if your charges are accurate and the ways they can help get you off the hook.
A field sobriety test is usually conducted after a police officer pulls a vehicle over and suspects that the motorist is driving while intoxicated (DWI). Although the officer may have observed the driver swerving into another lane prior to pulling them over, they must follow certain rules and/or protocols that help them identify whether the individual was in fact drunk or perhaps they were driving distracted and happened to swerve in the lane accidentally. This can usually be done in a few different ways that involve the motorist taking part in a field sobriety test or having them participate in a breathalyzer test that measures their BAC.
Field Sobriety Tests: How Many Will I be Asked to Take?
Although each case is different and every traffic stop will vary, it is important to understand that you may be asked to participate in one or more field sobriety tests for the officer to collect evidence that proves that you are in fact drunk.
While most movie scenes depict a field sobriety test as someone attempting to walk a straight line while holding their finger to their nose, there are various ways these types of tests are conducted aside from that.
- Standing on One Leg
According to the Illinois State Police site, this test is done when an officer is trying to determine whether or not you have good balance. Most individuals who are intoxicated won’t be able to stand on one leg with the other extended 30 inches, which is a clear indicator to the cop that you may be drunk. They may also ask you to stand erect for 30 minutes without swaying. One issue that may arise out of this test is that some people just aren’t equipped with good balancing skills so that can also affect the outcome of the test.
In this particular test, the officer is going to be paying close attention to your eyes. They may use an object such as pencil to see if you are able to follow it with it being six inches from your nose. If your eyes appear to be trembling or jerking, you will fail this test.
- The Walk and Turn
This is another commonly used field sobriety test for suspected DUI drivers and it requires you to walk a certain number of heel to toe steps one way and the same amount back. If you are unable to walk in a straight line, start walking before being instructed to do so, or lose count you could potentially fail this test.
While field sobriety tests are “supposed” to be used to identify whether a driver is a drunk one, sometimes, individuals are wrongfully accused of crimes or their penalties don’t exactly fit the bill. Therefore, if you are currently facing a DUI/DWI charge, let a Chicago, IL DUI attorney at Stone & Associates take on your case. They will provide you with the best legal representation and help you understand the rights you still have.