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The one-leg field sobriety test

When an officer in New Jersey suspects that a driver may be under the influence of alcohol, there are specific steps that must be taken before a person is allowed to be arrested. In essence, law enforcement officers must establish probable cause in order to make an arrest. As explains, there are three different standardized tests used for this purpose. All three are approved for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One of these tests is the one-leg stand test.

As the name implies, if you are asked to take this test, you must stand on one leg with your other leg lifted about six inches above the ground. While you balance, you must keep your arms still at your sides and your eyes fixed firmly on your raised foot. Additionally you will be asked to count out loud until the officer tells you to stop. The point of this test is to measure your ability to balance while performing other tasks as ordered.

This test, like the other field sobriety tests, is not foolproof. In fact, its accuracy rate is said to be only 65 percent. Physical conditions, age and even the shoes you wear may all interfere with your ability to successfully balance while executing the other tasks.

If you would like to learn more about the one-leg stand test and the other field sobriety tests used by law enforcement during a drunk driving arrest, please feel free to visit the drunk driving page of our New Jersey criminal defense website.

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