Beat the Odds: Expert Field Sobriety Test Advice and Tips

Making decisions under pressure is tough, especially when those decisions can alter the course of your life. Consider the scenario where you're pulled over and an officer suspects you're under the influence. Suddenly, you're faced with the option to take a field sobriety test. Do you know what to do? At Dietz & Jarrard PC, we provide factual and legal insight on whether or not to take such tests. Our content equips you with knowledge to make informed choices, and our network of attorneys is ready to offer personalized advice and defense strategies based on these decisions.

Let's dive into what you need to know about field sobriety tests. Knowledge is power, and we want to empower you to make the best choice for your situation. Whether you choose to submit to a test or not, there can be significant implications, and we're here to help you understand them.

Field sobriety tests are designed to evaluate your physical and cognitive abilities to see if you're impaired. These tests are typically performed during a traffic stop and may include tasks like standing on one leg, walking in a straight line, or following an object with your eyes. While these might sound simple, under stress and possible impairment, they can become daunting challenges.

It's important to know that field sobriety tests are not as cut-and-dry as a blood or breathalyzer test. These tests can be subjective and rely on an officer's judgment. This is where things can get tricky.

So, should you or should you not take the test? There's no easy answer as it depends on numerous individual factors. If you take the test and "pass," it could mean you're free to go, but if you fail, it may lead to your arrest. However, refusing the test might result in immediate license suspension in some states, known as "implied consent" laws.

Consider the following pros and cons:

  • Pro: Passing a field sobriety test may strengthen your case.
  • Con: Failing can provide evidence to support a DUI/DWI charge.
  • Pro: Refusing the test could mean less evidence against you in court.
  • Con: Refusal might result in penalties such as a license suspension.

Every state has "implied consent" laws, which mean that by driving on public roads, you've implicitly agreed to submit to chemical testing if suspected of DUI/DWI. Refusing such tests can result in consequences, typically harsher than those for failing the tests.

Remember though, implied consent laws generally cover chemical tests, not field sobriety tests. It's crucial to know the laws in your state, and that's something we can help with at Dietz & Jarrard PC.

Regardless of your decision to take or refuse a field sobriety test, contacting a lawyer should be your next step. A qualified attorney can help protect your rights and guide you through the legal process. Don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. Our experts are ready to give you the robust defense you deserve.

Call now for guidance or to book an appointment at (512) 244-9314.


Let's explore the specific tests you may encounter and what they could mean for you. Knowing what to expect can help you make a more informed decision when the moment arrives.

Being in the know about each test can give you a certain edge. Here's the lowdown on the three standard tests used by officers:

The HGN test involves following an object with your eyes. The officer looks for involuntary jerking of the eye, which can be exaggerated in someone under the influence. This test is scientifically based, but not foolproof and can be influenced by various factors outside of alcohol consumption.

Conditions such as certain medications, fatigue, or even inner ear issues can affect the outcome of an HGN test. It's important to stay calm and focused during the test, but also to know that there are valid defenses if the results are not in your favor.

Balance and coordination are the key factors in a walk-and-turn test. You'll be asked to walk a straight line, heel-to-toe, turn on one foot, and walk back. Simple in theory, but under high-stress situations, even sober individuals can find this challenging.

Factors like footwear, road conditions, and nervousness can impact your performance. If you're unsure about your balance skills under pressure, think carefully before agreeing to this test. Remember, you have the right to politely decline.

The one-leg stand is another test of balance. You'll be asked to lift one foot several inches off the ground and hold the position. Sounds easy? Under the intense scrutiny of an officer's gaze, it might be harder than you think.

Physical conditions, the environment, and your overall health can all play a role in how well you perform on this test. It's pivotal to assess your own capabilities honestly before deciding to take this test.

If you decide that taking a field sobriety test is not in your best interest, be prepared for the consequences. While you may avoid providing possible evidence against yourself, refusal has its own ramifications that may include the automatic suspension of your driver's license.

Understanding both sides of the coin is paramount, which is why our legal team is at your disposal. If you're facing a decision about field sobriety tests, or if you've already been through the process, we're here to support you every step of the way.

For personalized advice, contact us at (512) 244-9314. Our attorneys are ready to help you navigate your specific situation.


Alright, you're on the side of the road, in the glow of swirling red and blue lights. It's decision time: do you agree to take the field sobriety test? Let's break down that decision-making process with a focus on understanding what's at stake for you.

Weighing the potential outcomes before making a move is always wise. Here's how you can approach the situation with a clear frame of mind:

First, assess your physical and emotional state. Have you had something to drink? Are you feeling nervous or unsteady? Be honest with yourself, as an accurate self-assessment is critical at this juncture.

It's okay to feel overwhelmed but try to stay calm. This will help you think more clearly and make the best decision. Remember, your choice has real implications.

Officers are trained to look for signs of impairment. Note that they are doing their job, but they're also human and may misinterpret something as simple as nervousness for impairment. Be respectful, but remember that you have legal rights during this process.

Expressing these rights doesn't mean you are guilty of anything; it simply means you are informed. Clear communication with the officer can help, but ultimately, you must prioritize protecting your rights.

Picture the road ahead. Passing the test could lead to a simpler evening, but failing or refusing has its own set of potential outcomes. Consider all scenarios as you make your decision.

It's like a choose-your-own-adventure book with higher stakes. Either way, you have control over your choices, and thinking ahead can help you pick the route that's best for you.

If you're uncertain, it's okay to seek help. This may not be possible at the moment of the stop, but as soon as you can, reach out for legal assistance. At Dietz & Jarrard PC, we're always ready to lend a hand.

No matter where you are in your decision process, our team of legal experts is here to stand by your side. Give us a call at (512) 244-9314 to discuss your options.


So you made a decision regarding the field sobriety test-what now? Don't worry, at Dietz & Jarrard PC, we have your back. Our understanding of the law and experience with cases like yours position us to offer the most effective defense possible. Let's explore what happens after the test and how we can help.

Whether you passed, failed, or refused the test, the journey ahead can be complex. But you're not alone.

Passing a field sobriety test doesn't always mean you're off the hook. There can be additional evidence or factors leading to charges. If this is where you find yourself, don't despair. We'll comb through every detail to defend your case.

Double-checking the officer's use of correct procedures and handling of your situation is part of what we do. And we're pretty good at it.

Failing a field sobriety test is not the end of the road. There are countless factors that could have affected your test results. We'll dig into those factors and build a defense that embraces the full story, not just the test failure.

We believe the truth is multifaceted, and our aim is to present your truth in the best light, no matter the situation.

If you refused the field sobriety test you may feel anxious about the consequences. This choice does not automatically make you guilty. We'll explore every angle to fight the implied consent repercussions and protect your driving privileges.

Refusing the test can be a strategic move, and we're here to make sure that strategy is executed with precision in your defense.

At Dietz & Jarrard PC, our dedication is to your defense, regardless of how the field sobriety test went. We promise to bring clarity to your situation and fight for your rights with all the tools at our disposal.

You made a choice, now let us make our move. For a partner in your legal journey, dial (512) 244-9314 today. We are national, reachable, and ready to step into the ring for you. Together, we can navigate through the aftermath of a field sobriety test.


Deciding to take a field sobriety test is a crucial moment that can affect your future. And no matter what decision you made, Dietz & Jarrard PC is here to help you make sense of it all. Our legal professionals are experts in providing field sobriety test advice, and we're eager to offer you a personalized approach to your situation.

If you're facing uncertainty after a traffic stop or you need someone to stand up for you in court, don't hesitate. Our team is not just a group of lawyers; we're your advocates, your guide through the legal system, and your strongest allies.

Remember, knowledge is power, and with Dietz & Jarrard PC, you're empowered to make informed choices. Take control of the narrative with us by your side.

No matter what you're up against, our network of attorneys is ready to offer personalized advice and defense strategies. We serve clients nationally and can be easily reached for questions or to book an appointment. Pick up the phone and get the guidance and defense you deserve at (512) 244-9314. Call us today, and let's get to work on turning the page to the next chapter of your story.