Walk and Turn Test Administration
If you have been charged with a DUI, it is likely you were asked to perform the walk and turn test prior to your arrest. This test is subjective, and it is possible to perform adequately on the test and still be arrested. You may want to consult with an Orange County DUI lawyer if you were arrested after this test was administered.
The walk and turn test is a field sobriety test commonly administered in California, and one of the three field sobriety tests standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The officer will have you walk heel-to-toe in a straight line, rotate 180 degrees, and walk back.
How Is The Test Administered?
At the beginning of this test, the officer should tell you to do the following:
- Put your left foot on a line.
- Put your right foot on the same line in front of your left foot, heel-to-toe. The officer should demonstrate this position.
- Keep your arms at your side for the duration of the test.
- Hold that position for the rest of the instructions and do not start walking until she tells you to do so. The officer must ask you if you understand.
- Step heel to toe. The officer will demonstrate.
- Pivot on the ninth step and walk back in the same manner. The officer should demonstrate this as well.
- Count the steps out loud, keep your arms at your side, look at your feet, and do not stop walking until the test is finished.
The officer will ask you one last time if you understand and then instruct you to begin. If the officer failed to give you the proper instruction and subsequently arrested you, talk to an Orange County DUI lawyer about possible defenses in your case.
What Is The Officer Looking For?
According to California Highway Patrol’s DUI Manual, the officer is looking for the following signs of intoxication:
- You can’t maintain your balance during the instructions.
- You start too soon.
- You stop while walking.
- You miss placing your heel to your toe.
- You step off the line.
- You use your arms to balance.
- You do the turn improperly.
- You take the wrong number of steps.
Because the walk and turn test is subjective, you might have done fairly well and yet still have been arrested. The experienced Orange County DUI lawyers of Coffey and Coffey can help you better understand your case and arrest. Call (800) 706-7888 today for a consultation.