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Ask an Attorney: Should I take Field Sobriety Tests if I am suspected of driving under the influence?

Q: Should I take Field Sobriety Tests if I am suspected of driving under the influence?

A: The answer is no, never. Field sobriety tests are physical dexterity tests, such as walking a straight line without putting your arms up and touching your heal to your toe, or standing on one leg for 30 seconds. You will be surprised to know there is not a passing score. The officer administering the test will just be able to testify about how you performed on these tests, regardless of whether he instructed you or scored them properly. Since most folks do not practice how to do the tests along the side of the highway with blue lights flashing in their face and trucks whizzing by, you are likely to make a mistake in following the strict instructions that are read to you just prior to beginning. Also, most folks are nervous when interacting with the police if they are the focus of the investigation. The safest decision is always to politely decline the voluntary tests. If you cannot get an A, why bother since every grade is a failing grade?

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