If you’re pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), chances are you’ll be asked to take a field sobriety test. Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) are divided attention tests that law enforcement officers use to determine if someone is impaired by drugs or alcohol. FSTs can involve physical activities, such as walking heel-to-toe in a straight line, or mental tasks, like counting backward from a specific number.
What to Expect During a DUI Stop in Nevada
When you’re pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, it can be a stressful experience. You may not know what to expect, which can increase anxiety. Knowing what will happen during a DUI stop ahead of time can help you prepare yourself mentally and legally for the process.
In most cases, once an officer stops you, they will ask for your driver’s license and registration. They may also ask if you have been drinking or taking drugs before getting behind the wheel. Then, depending on their observations and answers to these questions, they may request that you take one or more field sobriety tests (FSTs). FSTs are divided attention tests law enforcement officers use to determine whether someone is impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Types of Field Sobriety Tests and How They Work
Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) are divided attention tests used by law enforcement officers to determine whether someone is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Three types of FSTs have been approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): the one-leg stand, walk-and-turn test, and horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN). Each type of test has a specific purpose and requires different levels of physical performance from the person taking it. In addition, the results of these tests can be used as evidence in court proceedings against those accused of driving under the influence.
Horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) is one of the three approved Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) used by law enforcement officers to determine whether someone is impaired by alcohol or drugs. HGN involves tracking a stimulus, such as a pen or a finger, with the eyes while keeping the head still. The officer will look for involuntary jerking eye movements that can indicate impairment. This test requires special training and experience on behalf of the officer administering it and any medical professionals who may interpret its results in court proceedings.
Your Rights Regarding Refusing the Test or Requesting an Independent Evaluation
Regarding Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs), you are not obligated to take them and have the right to refuse. While your refusal may result in an arrest, this does not necessarily mean a conviction will follow. You also have the right to request an independent evaluation of any FST results used against you in court proceedings.
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