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Raleigh Field Sobriety Test Attorneys

During a standard driver detainment, a law enforcement officer may come to suspect that the driver is operating their vehicle under the influence of alcohol. If this happens, the individual may be asked to perform a field sobriety test. These are designed to determine if the driver is too intoxicated to safely drive or if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is over the legal limit. A failure of one of these tests may lead to an arrest or request for further, more accurate methods of investigating intoxication levels.

If you or someone you love has been charged with driving while intoxicated, taking aggressive action against the accusations may be the only way to avoid serious legal penalties and damage to your personal life and professional reputation. Contact the Raleigh field sobriety test lawyers at the Law Office of Jim Black at 919-600-4609 to discuss your options with a member of our legal team today.

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

There are three standardized field sobriety tests that have been developed by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. These are intended to accurately reflect the level of intoxication and are a preferred method of quickly estimating if an individual is incapable of driving. The three standardized field sobriety tests are:

  • Walk-And-Turn
  • One-Leg-Stand
  • Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus

However, it is important to understand that these tests are subjective, meaning that they are not 100% reliable for obtaining your true BAC.

Other Field Sobriety Tests

Although the standardized methods are the most accurate field sobriety tests, an officer may choose to utilize one or many other exams as well. Some of the non-standardized field sobriety tests include:

  • Counting backwards
  • Rhomberg stationary balance test
  • Closing one’s eyes and touching a finger to the nose
  • Putting one’s feet together and tilting the head backwards
  • Reciting the alphabet backwards

Failing a field sobriety test can have devastating consequences, yet unfortunately the results are not always accurate.

Contact Us

It is important to understand your rights when facing the dangers of a DWI charge. If you or someone you love has been accused of driving while intoxicated, the Raleigh field sobriety test attorneys at the Law Offices of Jim Black are prepared to help. Contact us today at 919-600-4609 to learn more about your legal options.


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