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FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS IN FL PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS AFTER AN ARREST
The way an officer determines if a driver is drunk is often done through field sobriety tests. There are various standardized tests that are given, including both physical and cognitive performance tests. They can be videoed by an arresting officer and used as evidence in court. If these tests are given incorrectly or your rights were violated in any way during the process, you may be able to have your charges thrown out.
WHAT ARE THE DUI FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS?
THERE ARE NUMEROUS TESTS THAT ARE USED, SUCH AS:
- Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN)
- Finger-to-Nose Test
- Counting Test
- One Leg Stand
- Romberg Alphabet Test
While some of these tests are purely cognitive, others require physical actions, such as the "one leg stand" or "walk-and-turn" test. If a person has a physical handicap or injury that restricts them from performing these types of tests properly, they may also be able to have the evidence thrown out.