In many cases, an arresting officer will have already made their judgment of decision or arrest preceding a request to perform a field sobriety test.

Field Sobriety Tests:

  • Finger-to-nose
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN)
  • Heel-to-toe walk
  • Reciting of the alphabet
  • Hand pat
  • Fingers-to-thumb
  • One-leg-stand
  • Modified position of attention (the Rhomberg test)

If a field test is failed, the officer will likely make the arrest using this failure as evidence.

After a recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), only three reliable tests are considered valid in determining if a driver is intoxicated:

  • Heel-to-toe
  • One-leg-stand
  • The horizontal gaze nystagmus test.

The NHTSA study also concluded that all other Field Sobriety Tests are unreliable and should be discourage from being used.

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