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Texas One Leg Stand Test

Free Austin DWI Online Case ConsultationTexas law enforcement agents use three standardized field sobriety tests to determine a driver’s sobriety: the one-leg stand test, the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, and the walk-and-turn test. These tests were designed and approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

While the one-leg stand test seems relatively easy, it was designed to measure how well you follow instructions as well as your physical ability. If a driver is impaired by alcohol, his or her performance may be affected. During this test, the officer watches for clues to decide if there is probable cause to make a driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrest.

To administer the one-leg stand test, the officer must first give clear instructions and demonstrate how to perform the test. If the test cannot be performed on a dry, hard, level surface, it should not be administered. While the driver performs the one-leg stand test, the officer must stand at least three feet away and remain motionless in order to avoid interfering with the test.

Texas One Leg Stand TestTo perform the one-leg stand test, you must stand on the leg of your preference while holding the other foot six inches off of the ground. You must then look at your foot and count “one-one thousand,” “two-one thousand,” etc. while keeping your arms down at your side.
While you perform the test, the officer will watch for several things. Using your arms to balance, putting your foot down prematurely, swaying, and hopping on one foot could cause you to fail the test.

Several things, other than being intoxicated, can make it difficult to perform the one-leg stand test properly. People who are more than 50 pounds overweight, over the age of 65, or who have physical conditions may not have the balance and coordination necessary to pass this test.

Attorney Ken Gibson has the knowledge and skill necessary to defend drivers who have failed the one-leg stand test. He has successfully completed the NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course, which gives him insight on whether the test was administered properly. He can evaluate your test to determine if the score is reliable. Contact Mr. Gibson today for a free case consultation.