One-legged Stance Test

Posted on December 24, 2014

One-legged Stance Test

Field sobriety tests have inherent problems and are not without their flaws. For example, in the one-legged stand test, the person must stand on one leg and hold their foot in front of them elevated above the ground. He or she needs to count aloud until directed to stop. Authorities are directed to administer the test by demonstrating the proper technique for the one-legged stance. If you have questions about how your field sobriety tests were administered, call our Redwood City DUI attorney.

Test Directions for the One-legged Stance Test

The person needs to leave their arms at their sides and must watch the raised foot as they count in the following manner: “one thousand and one, one thousand and two, one thousand and three.” When they are told to stop counting, they can drop their foot. The person should agree that they understand the instructions and then should be told to start the test. The test should take 30 seconds, no more or less. However, it could be very difficult for the subject to track the time on the test. Some individuals might count very slowly, and the officer needs to stop them when the 30 seconds is up, even if they have not counted all the way to 30.

Help from a DUI Attorney

If you believe the one-legged-stance test was not administered correctly or if you have questions about other field sobriety tests or any aspect of your case, call our Redwood City DUI lawyer. You can reach Silveira Law at (415) 795-3890.