${site.data.firmName} ${site.data.firmName}
Free Consultation No recovery - No Fee
215-822-7575 / 800-358-9367
Practice Areas

Field sobriety tests easy to fail even for sober people

Law enforcement in many states, including Pennsylvania, utilize the field sobriety test as a way to determine if someone may be intoxicated without using a breath or chemical test. This can be a quick way to get a drunk driver off the road during a routine traffic stop. However, passing a field sobriety test isn’t as easy as people may think. Even those who haven’t been drinking may have trouble performing the actions that are conducted during a standardized field sobriety test. 

These actions include balancing on one leg while reciting the alphabet and walking in a straight line, then turning and walking back. During both of these tests, subjects should not lose their balance or use their arms to steady themselves. Officers may also listen for slurred speech and use the horizontal gaze nystagmus test – checking whether the eyeball jerks or bounces, a common sign of intoxication. 

According to NBC 29 News, several sober people who performed field sobriety tests had difficulty balancing or walking in a straight line, merely to being naturally uncoordinated or nervous. This suggests that those with balance problems, medical conditions, injuries or other impairments may end up with a false positive and be arrested for DUI, despite not having had anything to drink. Additionally, people with speech impediments might also be mistaken as intoxicated. 

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board states that those in Pennsylvania who are arrested for a first-time DUI face numerous penalties, including fines, probation, license suspension and even jail time. Those whose arrests were based on faulty field sobriety tests may also end up with a drunk driving record.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms | US News 2018
  • RGS&G Firm News

    Attorney Amy R. Stern, a partner at the Lansdale law firm of Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford, P.C, is co-presenting a seminar entitled Divorce 101 along with Marc Silverman, Senior Loan Officer of GMH Mortgage Services.Read more...

  • Super Lawyers | Rising Stars
  • National board of legal speciality certification
  • American college of trial lawyers
  • National board of trial advocacy | EST 1977
  • 2013 | Subarbanlife | Awesome Attorneys
  • PennSuburban | Chamber of commerce

Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg and Gifford has been a member of the local Penn Suburban Chamber of Commerce (previously known as North Penn Suburban Chamber of Commerce) for more than 25 years.

You Have Questions? We Have Answers. Fill out the form and an attorney will be in touch with you shortly.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

start now. send your request