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Is it Possible to Fail a Bakersfield Field Sobriety Test and Not be Drunk?

The short answer is: yes. Field sobriety tests (FSTs) are often failed by people who are not legally impaired. That is why it is so important to hire an experienced Bakersfield DUI defense attorney if you are charged with a DUI.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has designated three FSTs as the standard for law enforcement; the Horizontal gaze Nystagmus (HGN) Test, the Walk-and-Turn Test, and the One-Leg Stand Test. Other FSTs include the Rhomberg Balance Test, the Finger-to-Nose Test, and the Finger Tap Test.

What can cause a failed sobriety test?

The bottom line is that to defend yourself properly from a failed field sobriety test when you were not drunk you need an experienced DUI defense attorney.