The Walk & Turn Test During a Connecticut DUI Stop
The walk-and-turn test is a part of the standard
field sobriety tests that Connecticut law enforcement officers may give to determine if an
individual is under the influence of alcohol. It is generally the second
test given, after the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. The walk-and-turn
test consists of an instructional stage—where the officer will read
instructions from a card—and a walking stage, where the individual
will complete the test. If you were accused of DUI after submitting to
the walk-and-turn test, speak with us at Tomeo Sills, LLC. We can defend
you from the serious charges you face.
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Steps of the Walk-and-Turn Test
The instructions for the walk-and-turn test are as follow:
- "Put your left foot on the line and put your right foot in front with
your heel touching your left toe."
- "Do not start until I tell you to."
- "Do you understand the directions?"
- "When I tell you to begin, take nine heel-to-toe steps on the line.
Turn around keeping one foot on the line and return in nine heel-to-toe
- The officer will demonstrate what he means by "heel-to-toe" steps.
- On the ninth step, the officer will say, "keep the front foot on the
line and turn by taking several small steps with the other foot."
- "Watch your feet at all times. Keep your arms at your side. Count
the steps out loud. Once you begin, do not stop until the test is completed."
- "Do you understand the instructions?"
- "You may begin the test."
Seek the Aggressive Representation of Our Connecticut DUI Attorneys
Because of the extensive wording that you have to pay attention to, the
physical tasks, and the anxiety that most people feel when performing
the functions, this test may be difficult for a variety of reasons other
than being intoxicated. Our Connecticut DUI lawyers at Tomeo Sills, LLC
understand the complexity of the walk-and-turn test, and know that failing
to perfectly complete it does not necessarily mean that you were under
the influence of alcohol.
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