DWI Field Sobriety Tests in Minnesota are Flawed

DWI Field Sobriety Tests in Minnesota are Flawed

Being pulled over under suspicion of DWI is never a good situation. It does not matter if you did anything wrong; you might still expect the worst case scenario. What makes the situation more uncomfortable is being asked to perform a series of physical, somewhat acrobatic, tests so the police can determine whether you have really been drinking or not. Here is the kicker, even if you’re one of the few people with the coordination to perform these tests correctly, doing so under the spot light with your freedom on the line might not be as easy as you think.

If you are pulled over in Minnesota, there are three types of standardized tests that are used to ensure your sobriety:

  1. The ‘Horizontal Gaze’ – an officer asks the driver to follow a moving object from side to side while observing his/her eye movements.
  2. The ‘Walk and Turn’ – the driver must walk a specified distance and turn around while an officer observes his or her balancing ability.
  3. The ‘One Leg Stand’ – the driver’s balancing ability is tested when an officer asks him or her to stand on one leg.
  4. Additional Tests – reciting the alphabet and walking backwards are some of the additional field tests that an officer might include, but these are rarely used.

Field sobriety tests are allegedly performed in order to evaluate the level of intoxication of the driver. However, because the officer administering them is in charge of the evaluation and determining the results, these tests are objective. It is astounding how often field sobriety tests are wrongly administered and/or wrongly interpreted.

Find out if bad field sobriety tests led to your DWI arrest.

Very few attorneys understand how these DWI tests are supposed to be administered and can identify potential errors. Call on of our experienced DWI lawyers to discuss your options. A lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (612) 979-1112.

Having the right DWI lawyer by your side in Minnesota makes all the difference.