Dallas DUI Arrest: 3 Field Sobriety Test

The Dallas Police Department has a DWI task force which targets suspected impaired drivers. When these officers pull over a driver they will immediately conduct 3 field sobriety test to determine if they have sufficient evidence to make an arrest.

1. The Nystagmus Test.  The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test is the first test most officers conduct for their investigation. The driver is asked to hold their held still and follow a light with their eyes. If the drivers eyes jerk when the light is held out to the side the officer will fail the driver for that test.

2. The Walk and Turn. The next field sobriety test administered is the walk and turn. The officer ask the driver to take 9 heel to toe steps, pivot and walk back for 9 heal to toe steps.  The officer is looking for balance problems and failure to follow instructions.

3. The One Leg Stand. The Officer will next have the driver stand with one leg lifted off the ground and ask him to count out loud for 30 seconds. The officer is looking for balance problems and failure to follow instructions.

If you are arrested on a Dallas DUI charge consult an experienced criminal lawyer who can carefully go review the evidence in your case. A criminal attorney can determine if the field sobriety test were properly administered and can advise you as to how strong the government’s case is. A DUI conviction can have serious consequences which can effect your life.

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