Thursday, October 13, 2011


What are physical sobriety tests?

These are sometimes referred to as field sobriety tests or exercises.
These tests are given to a DUI or DAI suspect by a police officer in order to decide whether to arrest the person for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Physical sobriety tests involve a series of exercises: the one-legged stand; walk-the-line; finger-to-nose; horizontal gaze nystagmus, and the Rhomberg balance exercises.
Each of these tests is relatively easy, but if your performance of these is impaired,  you must be prepared to convince the jury that it is not easy to perform these exercises under certain circumstances.  Arguably, even sober participants have difficulty performing the tests under the stress of a police traffic-stop. Attorney Joseph Paletta can help demonstrate your case to the jury.