Illinois Field Sobriety Testing

The flashing lights…the intimidating officer. Suddenly you’re being asked to walk in a straight line…and your license could be on the line. This is known as field sobriety testing - designed to prove your intoxication and be used against you in court. Did you fail your field sobriety tests? No matter what the circumstances, the right Illinois DUI lawyer can dramatically improve your chances of a fair trial and a reduced or dismissed penalty for DUI. Want more information on Illinois DUI? Call us today for a confidential case consultation.

What you should know

Did you know that field sobriety testing is voluntary? That’s right — you can refuse field sobriety testing and you should. Be respectful, but firm and let the officer know that you will not perform the test. You are also not required to give a reason why you are refusing, nor should you. Just politely refuse and leave it at that.

If you do choose to undergo field sobriety testing, know that these tests can be extremely inaccurate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) has recommended and vouched for three field sobriety tests — walk-and-turn (being asked to follow direction and walk toe-to-toe without losing balance), horizontal gaze nystagmus (difficulty tracking objects without jerking the eye), and one-leg stand (being asked to stand on one leg and perform another task such as counting or reciting the alphabet) — to help officers gauge if your reaction time, balance, or cognitive functions have been impaired. However, everything from allergies to a bad night’s sleep can impair your performance on these tests…and officers try to rely on the pseudo-results as they gather “evidence” to use against you in court.

Given the nature of field sobriety tests, it’s important that you cover all your bases if you are accused of driving under the influence. An experienced Illinois DUI attorney both understands and can help refute the accuracy of your field sobriety test results as he or she challenges your accusation and stands up for you in court. Call us today for a confidential case consultation.