3 Little Known Facts About Field Sobriety Tests In Virginia

July 27, 2014

3 Little Known Facts About Field Sobriety Tests

Your Weight May Be A Defense

One of the tests you perform in the SFSTs is the One-Leg Stand test. When the tests were conducted it was concluded that people who are overweight by 50 or more pounds had difficulty performing this test. If you are 50 pounds or more overweight your attorney may be able to challenge the use of the One-Leg Stand test as it relates to the probable cause for your arrest. If you decide to do the One-Leg Stand you should notify the officer before doing the test that you are substantially overweight and your weight may cause you problems in performing the test.

Your Age May Be A Defense

When the tests were conducted it was concluded that people who were 65 years or older had difficulty performing this test. If you are 65 years or older your attorney may be able to challenge the use of the One-Leg Stand and Walk-and-Turn Tests as it relates to the probable cause for your arrest. If you decide to do the One-Leg Stand and/or Walk-and-Turn tests you should notify the officer before doing the tests of your age and that your age may cause you problems in performing the tests.

Your Health May Be A Defense

When the tests were conducted it was concluded that people who had substantial back, leg or middle ear problems had difficulty performing this test. If you have back, leg or middle ear problems your attorney may be able to challenge the use of the One-Leg Stand and Walk-and-Turn Tests as it relates to the probable cause for your arrest. If you decide to do the One-Leg Stand and/or Walk-and-Turn tests you should notify the officer before doing the tests of your specific leg, back or middle ear problems and that these medical conditions may cause you problems in performing the tests.