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How can I pass a field sobriety test?

When you are pulled over for DUI, you will likely be asked to perform field sobriety tests. These are a series of physical and mental exercises that police officers use to determine if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

You might not be aware that you have a right to refuse these tests. This is common. Many drivers do not realize that they can refuse field sobriety tests and end up taking them because they believe they must.

If you find yourself in this situation, here are some tips that can help you pass field sobriety tests to show you are sober. Even if you have had a couple drinks and are under the legal alcohol consumption limit, your nerves may cause you to fail the tests.

Take a deep breath and relax

Although relaxing may feel impossible given the situation, deep breaths will help your mind focus and keep your cool during the tests.

Listen carefully to all the police officer’s instructions. Do not interrupt the officers or try to fight with them about the situation. The only time you should speak with them is to ask them questions if you are confused about any of their instructions.

It is extremely important to follow their instructions. Missing even a tiny piece of instruction can cause them to believe you are intoxicated.

Keep your balance

Many of the field sobriety tests are designed to observe your balance and loss of coordination is a major sign of intoxication. If you can keep your balance, it will go a long way toward appearing sober.

Do not try to cheat the tests. Do exactly as the officer says. Do not start the test early or purposely go too fast through it believing that will help you pass.

Field sobriety tests are not reliable indicators of intoxication. If you fail them, request a blood or breath test if you truly believe you are under the legal alcohol limit. These tests will accurately reveal your blood alcohol content.