Has your spouse, friend or neighbor been arrested for and charged with drunken driving in Florida? Or, have you yourself been charged with an impaired driving offense? In either case, you will likely be wanting to learn about how to defend against these charges either for yourself or in support of someone else. One element to a drunk driving defense may involve inaccurate test results during the arrest process. This may include the field sobriety tests that are used.
One of these field tests is called the walk-and-turn test. As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, this test is only said to be accurate in 66 percent of cases. As the name implies, the walk-and-turn test requires that you walk to a point, turn around and then walk back. While walking, the heels of your front foot must abut the toes of your back foot. Your ams must remain firmly affixed at your sides. You must also count while walking.
Any pausing, loss of balance or failure to walk in a completely straight line may contribute to an officer indicating you have failed the test. Things like road conditions, weather, lighting and even the shoes you are wearing may certainly make it hard to pass this test even if you are not intoxicated.
If you would like to learn more about the walk-and-turn test or any other part of a traffic stop that may turn into a drunk driving investigation, please feel free to visit the field sobriety test page of our Florida criminal defense website.