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Field sobriety tests and your health

On Behalf of | Apr 14, 2019 | Drunk Driving |

In Oregon, you may be charged with a driving under the influence of intoxicants charge even if your blood alcohol content was below the 0.08% legal threshold for intoxication. This may happen if a law enforcement officer can identify other evidence that shows you may have been impaired while driving. The results of any field sobriety tests that you take might contribute to this scenario. However, as explained by, none of these tests are fully accurate and your health may be part of what prevents you from passing one or more of them.

If you have anxiety, the experience of being questioned by a police officer and then asked to perform tests with multiple elements at the same time may exacerbate your anxiety and make it all but impossible for you to successfully execute the tasks as requested. 

If you are overweight by at least 50 pounds, you may not be able to balance on one foot during the one-leg stand test. Problems with your feet, ankles, legs, knees, hips and back may also make this test impossible for you. The walk and turn test also requires good balance which can be compromised for anyone with these types of problems as well as for anyone with inner ear conditions. 

If you would like to learn more about how your health may contribute to the inaccuracy of tests used before a drunk driving arrest, please feel free to visit the field sobriety test page of our Oregon DUII and criminal defense website.