When an individual in New Jersey is pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, they may have to undergo a series of field sobriety tests to determine whether the individual is actually under the influence of alcohol. These tests aim to test the individual’s motor skills and balance, looking for any indication of intoxication. The three field sobriety tests that are utilized include the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, the Walk and Turn test, and the One Leg Stand test. It is important to note that if an individual fails to properly administer the test according to all of the requirements, it may be considered invalid and the individual may be able to use this as a defense.
Some of the defenses for Field Sobriety Tests in New Jersey include the following:
- The law enforcement officer failed to read all of the instructions
- The law enforcement officer failed to demonstrate the test for the individual
- The law enforcement officer failed to inform the individual that they were permitted to remove high heels for the test
- The individual suffers from health issues that would make passing the test impossible
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