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DUI One Leg Stand Test

A single leg stand test involves balancing yourself while standing on a single foot. While it sounds simple, successfully passing a one leg stand sobriety test can be quite difficult even for sober drivers. You may be wondering how such a trivial task can suddenly become a nightmare. The answer is quite simple: it is designed to be.

If you were to do the one leg stand test right now, chances are, you would instinctively extend your arms away on your sides (a position you may have referred to as "the helicopter" back in your hopscotch days). Although this balancing technique is a reflex for most individuals, it is considered one of the many signs of failure during a DUI one leg stand test.

To successfully perform a one leg stand, your arms should stay at your side with your toes six inches above the ground. You ought to maintain this position without swaying, hopping, or setting your toes down, if you do any in these things, the officer may consider it a failure.

"The best way to prevent your test results from being used is to merely decline the officer's request to perform them." T. Dougherty

In many cases the officers conclusions may be rendered unpersuasive in court, and your case may be dismissed or you found to be not guilty.

To determine the best defense strategy on your DUI arrest, make sure you discuss the officer's alleged failures with me today.


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