Common Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Common Non-Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Being arrested for a DUI can be confusing for those not familiar with the process.  Officers will likely have you perform a series of field sobriety tests in quick succession, and the purpose of those tests is not always clear.  You should consider consulting with an Orange County DUI lawyer to better understand your arrest and DUI case. The following is a summary of some commonly administered, “non-standardized” field sobriety tests.

Orange County DUI lawyer

Finger to Nose Test

Since the finger-to-nose test is not standardized, it is administered in many different ways depending on the location and the officer.  However, most officers administering this test require that you close your eyes and touch the tip of your nose with your right index finger, then with your left index finger.  The officer may also ask you to count out loud or do a certain number of repetitions.  Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that the finger-to-nose test does “not increase the predictive ability of testing.”  Rather, it can only reveal the presence of alcohol.  If you were arrested after the finger-to-nose test was administered, you may have a defense. You should consider consulting with an Orange County DUI lawyer about your case.

Alphabet, Count Down, and Finger Count Tests

During the alphabet test, the officer will ask you to recite or write down either all or part of the alphabet.  For example, the officer may tell you to start at “E” and go to “P.” Officers do not, however, ask subjects to recite the alphabet backwards. On the other hand, the countdown test involves counting backwards aloud, such as from 20 down to 1.  Finally, the finger-count test involves touching your thumb to each finger in certain order while counting out loud.  This test is often administered in California.

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, and any of the above tests were administered, it may be possible to fight your case.  To speak with an experienced Orange County DUI lawyer about possible ways to fight your charges, call Coffey and Coffey at 1-800-706-7888 for a consultation.