The Three Primary Field Sobriety Tests in DWI Cases

Attorney Greg Klote describes in this video the three primary field sobriety tests used by police during DWI stops.

This is Greg Klote from the Mutrux Law Firm and today we’re going to talk about the three types of tests on a field sobriety test at a DWI stop.

The first type of test is a horizontal gaze test. This is basically where the officer will take the point of  his finger and wave it in front of your face to have you follow his finger. He wants to see if your eyes will flicker at all. This could be a sign of intoxication.

The second test is the walk and turn test.  This is where, as you know, you will go heel to heel and you will go down a certain amount of steps, you will turn a certain direction that he requests, and you will walk back heel to heel. This is also another indication of whether someone is intoxicated or not.

The third type of test is a one-legged stand test. This is to see if you’re able to keep your balance. So what the officer will have you do is stand on one leg. Sometimes he’ll also have you touch the tip of your nose to see if you can keep your balance.

If you have any questions about this, please call the Mutrux Law Firm at (888) 550-4026