Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Field sobriety tests are designed to help law enforcement officials determine whether or not a driver is intoxicated. If a person is pulled over because they are exhibiting signs of driving under the influence, they will likely be asked to submit to one or more field sobriety tests. There are two different types of field sobriety tests: standardized and non-standardized. While standardized tests are considered more reliable, often a police officer will request a non-standardized test in place of or in addition to other exams.

If you or someone you love has been charged with driving while intoxicated, you need the knowledge and experience of a legal professional to build a strong defense. Contact the Dallas DWI defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to speak to a member of our legal team about your options today.

Types of Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

There are several types of non-standardized field sobriety tests. These include:

  • Reciting the alphabet, or a portion of the alphabet, sometimes backwards.
  • Counting backwards
  • Rhomberg’s stationary balance test- The driver will be asked to stand with their feet together while tilting their head back and holding their arms out to their sides.
  • Finger to nose test- The individual will be asked to close their eyes, bring an arm around from behind their back to touch the tip of their nose with an index finger.
  • Hand pat test- The driver is asked to hold one hand palm up and place the other palm down on top. Then they must turn the hand on top up and down while counting rotations.

Field sobriety tests are not always reliable and should not be the primary evidence used against an individual in a DWI case.

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If you or someone you love has been charged with driving while intoxicated based on the results of a field sobriety test, the experienced Dallas DWI defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may be able to help. Contact us today at (214) 845-7007 to speak to a lawyer about what we may be able to do for you.


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