We’ve all seen the drill, whether on the side of the road, or in the movies, an individual gets pulled over for drunk driving and then they are subjected to a series of tests such as walking in a straight line, to determine their level of impairment. These tests are called field sobriety tests or FSTs and are used by law enforcement to determine the impairment of the driver as well as to give the officer probable cause to arrest the individual. While most people are aware of the walking in a straight line test that’s about as far as public knowledge goes, and it may be beneficially to know what the tests are before you are possibly subjected to them.
The Three Most Common FSTs
In Utah there are three FSTs that are used in almost every DUI case, they are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, the walk and turn, and the stand on one leg. The HGN consists of moving a pen in front of your face and having you follow it with your eyes while the officer tracks your eyes to watch for smooth pursuit. The walk and turn is the one most are familiar with and consists of walking in a straight line, touching toe to heel, while counting the steps and then turning around and walking back. With this test the officer is looking to see if you followed his instruction correctly and if you are keeping your balance and touching toe to heel. Finally the stand on one leg test is to check your balance, in this test you have to lift one leg off the ground a couple feet, with your hands at your side, and count up from zero.
Ogden DUI Attorney | Fighting FST Results
If you have been subjected to these tests and are facing criminal charges for DUI then call Ogden Criminal Defense Lawyer today to find out what we can do for you. Its possible that the tests were conducted improperly or the results were not enough to provide probable cause for the arrest. If you hire us we will check all the facts of the case and make sure the state has a strong case against you before you decide to work towards a plea deal with the prosecutor. Call or email us today to find out more.