A Redwood City DUI Attorney Explains the Walk-and-Turn Test

Posted on November 15, 2013

Walk-and-Turn Test

Generally speaking, police officers tend to use one of three types of standardized field sobriety tests when dealing with someone who is suspected of DUI, and those are the one-leg stand test, the HGN (horizontal gaze nystagmus) test, and the walk-and-turn test. The below-discussed information is intended to shed some light specifically on the walk-and-turn test. Additional details about the test can be obtained from a Redwood City DUI lawyer who can further inform you about the use of the test as it relates to your particular case.

A Redwood City DUI Attorney on Eight Indicators of Impairment

Your Redwood City DUI lawyer will tell you that there are typically eight indicators of impairment that are revealed through the use of the walk-and-turn test. Two of those indicators (a loss of balance in the suspect such that he or she can’t maintain the heel-to-toe stance, and beginning the test before being told to do so) are particularly applicable while the suspect is attempting to stand heel-to-toe and waiting for directions.

The other six indicators are applicable during the walking phase of the test, and those include: the suspect’s failure to accurately perform the “heel-to-toe” request; instances when he or she stops walking (or pauses) for several seconds; when the suspect steps off the line totally; when the suspect, while walking, raises his or her arms more than six inches; the wrong number of steps are taken by the suspect; and when the suspect makes an inappropriate turn.

A Redwood City DUI Lawyer on Indicators Officers Look for

Your Redwood City DUI lawyer will tell you that if two or more of the indicators exist that strongly suggest that the suspects blood alcohol concentration level is over 0.10%. Additionally, the law enforcement officers who conduct the test are advised to ensure that there is a designated straight line on which the suspect can test, and the test has to be done on a hard, dry, non-slippery level surface.

Your Redwood City DUI lawyer also knows that law enforcement officers have also been advised about the greater difficulty that those over the age of 65 (as well as those who suffer from back, leg, or middle ear problems) experience when attempting to perform the test. Moreover, those suspects who are wearing heels that are more than two inches high at the time that the test is administered should be provided the opportunity to remove their shoes.

Call a Redwood City DUI Attorney for Assistance

If you have more questions about the walk-and-turn test and you need a Redwood City DUI lawyer, please call the law office of Silveira Law at (415) 795-3890 for a free consultation.