In North Carolina, there are three types of standardized field sobriety tests that may be administered if you are suspected of driving under the influence. We at Steven T. Meier, PLLC, will take a look at what these three tests entail.

First of all, field sobriety tests are divided between standardized and non-standardized. As non-standardized tests are not often successfully used as evidence in courts, we will not discuss them today.

On the other hand, standardized field sobriety tests tend to be used more often. This is because they have a set standard of comparison.

The first of the three tests is called the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. This test checks for “shaking” in the eyes. You are requested to track the slow movement of an object (such as a flashlight or pen) with your eyes only. The officer will check for this shaking, as it can be a sign of impairment.

The second is the one-leg stand test. This checks your balance by having you stand with one foot about 6 inches off of the ground. You then count aloud by ones. The officer will stop the count after 30 seconds.

Finally, there is the walk-and-turn test. This checks your coordination. You will be required to walk in a straight line, taking nine steps with your heel touching your toe. Then, you turn on one foot and return in a straight line using the same means.

Have you recently been pulled over and suspected of driving while under the influence? Were you given a field sobriety test? You can still contact an attorney with experience in matters related to DWI arrests, as they can help you in the aftermath and when facing the courts.

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