Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) Explained

At Coughlin Law Group, we hold a profound understanding of all field sobriety tests utilized by Massachusetts law enforcement in DUI/OUI cases. We’re well-acquainted with the inherent flaws in each test and know how to support our clients who may face DUI/OUI charges due to unfavorable test results. Whether you refused the Breathalyzer, failed the sobriety test, or aced it but still got charged, we urge you to contact us immediately after an arrest. You can reach us 24 hours a day at 617-758-8888 to schedule a free consultation.

Decoding the Process of a Field Sobriety Test

Police officers possess significant discretion when administering a field sobriety test. Being sober doesn’t guarantee a pass, given that these tests are intentionally challenging, even for individuals who haven’t consumed alcohol. Some of the commonly used tests include:

  1. The One-Leg Stand Test: In this test, the driver is asked to stand with one foot approximately six inches off the ground while keeping both arms by their sides. Officers look for signs of intoxication like swaying or loss of balance.
  2. The Walk and Turn Test: The driver is instructed to walk in a straight line, placing their feet heel-to-toe, then turn around and walk back. The officer will observe any signs indicating intoxication.
  3. The Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus: This test requires the driver to follow a small object (usually a pen or flashlight) moved side to side in front of their face. The officer checks for nystagmus, an involuntary jerking of the eyes often found in intoxicated individuals. Note that certain medications or eye conditions may inadvertently trigger this reaction.

In certain cases, an officer might administer a non-standardized test (any test other than the three mentioned above). However, the court may decide these results cannot be used against you. Our seasoned DUI defense lawyers can help determine whether your test results were correctly administered and legally admissible in court. If we find discrepancies, we’ll file the appropriate motions to have them excluded.

Facing DUI Charges? Contact Us Today

The repercussions of driving under the influence can be severe, ranging from fines and probation to license suspension and even jail time. However, with the right legal representation, you can possibly evade such consequences. To schedule a free initial consultation with a seasoned Boston DUI attorney at Coughlin Law Group, call 617-758-8888 or contact our Massachusetts firm online.


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