One Leg Stand Test

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The One Leg Stand is one of the three Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) that an officer can use when they suspect that someone is under the influence of alcohol. This test may be done individually or can be done along with either or both of the other SFSTs. It is approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and is believed to have a high accuracy rate.

What is the One Leg Stand Test?

How is the test conducted? If an officer suspects someone has been drinking and driving then they may choose to administer it. They need to have reason for their suspicions and cannot simply ask anyone to submit to testing. When they do administer the One Leg Stand test, they will provide instructions to the suspect. This includes having them stand with one foot off of the ground, raised about six inches high. They will need to count by thousands for about 30 seconds. They will need to keep their foot raised during this point and the officer will inspect if they are able to do so. What the officer is looking for is any evident impairment that could be alcohol related. This can include if the suspect is swaying to keep balance, needing to hop from one foot to the other, putting their foot down and needing to use their arms to stay balanced.

Testing from the NHTSA has found that around 83 percent of the individuals who show two or more of the indicators listed above have a blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 percent. While these are the rates that are presented by the NHTSA, there are other factors that can influence the accuracy of the test and there are individuals who do not pass it even though they are not over the legal limit of .08 percent. If you have failed a SFST including the One Leg Stand or if you blew a .08 or above in a breath test, there still may be options. These tests are administered by officers that can make mistakes. Officers may not take other factors into account for why the individual had difficulty passing the test, such as the fact that they were nervous, tired or do not have the best balance regularly.

Did you fail the One Leg Stand test? You can still fight!

Speak with our Detroit DUI lawyer about your case and find out what your options are. Our firm knows that failing this test does not always mean that you are guilty. We understand what information to seek out and how to conduct a thorough investigation. Our attorney has a detailed knowledge of SFSTs and can investigate further to determine if an officer conducted the test with an error. Call 888-372-2066 today for strategic and aggressive representation.