If you have ever wondered how hard it could be possible for a person to really fail a field sobriety test in Tennessee, you should learn what is really involved in these tests. Once you know more about them, you may actually instead wonder how a person could ever actually pass one of these tests.
For starters, you should consider how incredibly nervous and scared you might be if you knew that a police officer might be on the verge of arresting you for drunk driving. That fact alone may make it difficult for you to properly execute some of the things required in a field sobriety test.
FieldSobrietyTests.org explains that in the one-leg stand test, you must hold one leg a certain height off the ground and balance flawlessly on the other foot. You are required to keep your hands by your sides and not to sway at all. While you are doing all of this, you must also count out loud until the officer tells you to stop and keep your eyes focused on your raised foot. If you are overweight or have problems with one or more of your feet, leg or hip joints you may find it very hard to do all of this without putting your foot down which is something that may contribute to you failing the test.
If you would like to learn more about the one-leg stand test or other tasks requested of drivers during a drunk driving investigation, please feel free to visit the field sobriety test accuracy page of our Tennessee criminal defense website.