Field Sobriety Tests in CA
Defense From Los Angeles DUI Attorney Scott Spindel
When you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are many types of tests which may be used to determine if you are intoxicated beyond the legal limit. Many members of law enforcement use field sobriety tests as though they are solid evidence, even though they are quite subjective.
These tests are intended to evaluate your attention and motor skills, but there are a variety of other factors which can affect them besides drinking alcohol. If you have been arrested after performing field sobriety tests, reach out to a Los Angeles DUI attorney from Law Offices of Scott R. Spindel.
Field Sobriety Tests vs. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
If you are deciding whether or not to submit to these exercises, you should know these tests are highly subjective and only three have been “standardized” and “validated," while the remaining exercises are even more unreliable and unsupported as accurate for the detection of alcohol impairment.
The standardized field sobriety tests include:
- Nystagmus (horizontal and vertical gaze)
- Walk and turn
- One leg stand
Other field sobriety tests which may be used include:
- Rhomberg balance test
- Finger to nose
- Finger count
- Hand pat
- Alphabet test
- Counting test