Fairfax Virginia DUI Defense: One Leg Stand Test

Preparing an effective Fairfax Virginia DUI Defense requires many aspects of legal knowledge. You need an experienced lawyer for your best defense.

For example, the third “recognized” test developed by NHTSA is the one leg stand. The Fairfax County police officer may ask you to stand on one leg while holding your other leg 6″ off the ground for a period of 30 seconds while counting from 1 to 30 by 1,000s.


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The police are looking for four clues to see if you (1) put your foot down, (2) hop on the foot that you are standing on (to keep from putting your other foot down), (3) raise your arms more than 6″ from your body, and (4) sway from side to side (i.e. unable to hold one’s balance).

This is one of a battery of three “tests” that NHTSA has recognized as giving some indication of having more than a .10 BAC in your system. This particular test has been given a 65% reliability of predicting that the person’s BAC is above .08 which is 15% greater than flipping a coin to determine whether or not someone has more than a .08 in his or her system. Many people have problems with this test because of the shoes they are wearing, injuries to their back, neck, knees or other medical issues. NHTSA also determined that this is not an appropriate test to be given to someone who is more than 50 pounds overweight or over 65 years of age.

Call us to go over this test and other issues in your case. We can prepare the most effective Fairfax VA DUI Defense for you. We are here to help!

Fairfax Virginia DUI Defense: One Leg Stand Test

Fairfax Virginia DUI Defense: One Leg Stand Test

Fairfax Virginia DUI Defense: One Leg Stand Test

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