• When someone is stopped for drunk driving, police officers are required to make certain findings before placing the suspect under arrest.
  • A field sobriety test is a broad term for different tests the officer can conduct to determine your state of mind; the officer can:
    • Ask the driver to touch his nose with his eyes closed
    • Ask the driver to walk a straight line heel to toe
    • Ask the driver to count either forwards or backwards in numbers or letters
  • These results are all judgement calls of the officer.
  • Failing the field sobriety tests are not enough to make someone guilty of driving under the influence-Contact and experienced drunk driving attorney for advice.

When someone is stopped for driving under the influence, police officers are required to make certain findings before they are placed under arrest. One is the field sobriety test. That’s a broad term for a number of different tests that an officer conducts to attempt to make a determination as to whether the driver is actually operating the vehicle under the influence or not. Some common ones that are used are the officer will ask the driver to touch his nose with his eyes closed; he’ll ask the driver to walk a straight line heel to toe; he’ll ask the driver to count either forwards or backwards in numbers or letters. Although each of these tests is supposed to tell an officer an individual finding about the given driver, they’re all judgment calls of the officer.

Although an officer may have told you, or your police report may tell you, that you have failed one or more of these field sobriety tests, they alone are not enough to make someone guilty of driving under the influence. A review of your discovery or what you were told by the police officer is a very important step in any drunk driving case. As always, I would suggest that you contact an experienced New Jersey drunk driving attorney to discuss the individual findings of your particular case.

Keith Hirschorn, P.C., is an experienced criminal defense attorney working throughout the state of New Jersey. If you have any questions regarding the merits, facts or circumstances of your case, call the law office, located in Hoboken, to set up a free initial consultation.