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What To Expect During a Field Sobriety Test

The holidays are just behind us, and with the holidays often come a busier social calendar. Often, sobriety check points are stepped up in frequency during the holiday season — but law enforcement efforts to stop and prosecute drunk drivers isn’t just a winter time occurrence, it’s a year-round priority.  Here’s what you can expect in a typical field sobriety test:

• Walk a Straight Line and Turn. The motorist is asked to take a certain number of steps (heel-to-toe) and then turn and take the same number of steps back. The police officer will monitor to check if the driver can follow directions, keep his or her balance, and complete the test without stopping.

• Stand on One Leg. Driver is asked to stand on one leg with their arms lowered to their sides. Then they are usually asked to raise the other leg slightly off of the ground and to count out loud so that the officer can hear it. The officer is being attentive to the driver’s ability to follow directions, loss of balance, body tremors, and an inability to stand still.

• Touching a Finger to a Nose. Driver is asked to stand with legs together and eyes closed, and then touch their nose with an index finger. A swaying body, tremors, and muscle twitching may indicate intoxication.

• Nystagmus. The driver will be asked to follow an object, such as a pencil, that is placed about a foot away from his or her face. The officer will move the object from side to side. If the eyeballs jerk or tremble, this is a sign that the driver is intoxicated.

• Balance Test. The driver will be asked to close their eyes, tilt the head slightly back, and estimate 30 seconds while remaining in that position. Swaying, not being able to keep feet on the ground, eyelid tremors, or opening the eyes may indicate the subject is intoxicated.

•  Breathalyzer Test. The driver will be asked to blow into an apparatus that measures blood alcohol content. If the BAC registers as more than .08%, the driver is considered to be intoxicated.

Many people want to know if there is a way to pass a typical field sobriety test. Fortunately, the answer is “yes.” As a matter of fact, it’s really easy to pass your field sobriety test with flying colors. Instead of facing serious consequences, the officer will send you on your way without an arrest, without a hefty fine, without increased insurance premiums, without jail time, and without loss of license.

So what’s the trick?

Don’t drink and drive!!!!

That’s right. The way to pass your field sobriety test – in fact, the only sure way – is to be sober when you take it.  When attending social functions where alcohol is served, name a designated driver. If you don’t have a designated driver or are driving yourself, either stick to seltzer or call a cab. Be responsible, and be safe.

About the Author

Joseph Lombardo is a Hammonton, NJ attorney who has been representing clients in matters related to personal injury, family law, and criminal defense since 1993.  If you have been arrested in New Jersey, contact him today for a free initial consultation.

DUI IN California, but live out of state?

Restore License in Home State with Online DUI Class.
Tom Wilson, Licensed Counselor

Imagine going to California on vacation, and coming home on probation! That’s the experience of many persons who have the unfortunate experience of being arrested for a DUI in California. California courts require the out of state offender to complete DUI classes that are the same as those required for California residents. The classes are not always available for the out of state resident in their home state because each state has different requirements. However, out of state offenders must complete a program the same length as Californina court requirements for license restoration. Out of state offenders now have the option to complete an online DUI class for non-residents of California and other states at OnlineDuiClass.com, online support and a toll free help line at 1-877-368-9909.

For more information: www.onlineduiclass.com; www.tomwilsoncounseling.com

Level 5 Certified National Bail Agent

I am a level 5 nationally certified California Bail Bond Agent. I have been attending the national bail conference for nearly 12 years in a row. I will be attending next months national conference and speaking on “Using Technology in Business”

Hope to see all bail agents there. Come down, lets talk shop!

Sean Cook

Premiere Bail Bonds of California


Minnesota Bail Bonds

We are excited to announce the opening of McCabe Bail Bonds in Saint Cloud Minnesota. Mr. McCabe has been in the banking industry and is now moving into the bail bond industry. While he has little experience he is learning from his family in California who has been in the business since 1992.

McCabe Bail Bonds will be open 24 hours 7 days a week. We will service all of the following areas and some of the outlying areas for larger cases.

St. Cloud (Stearns)

Foley (Benton)

Elk River (Sherburne)

Milaca (Mille Lacs)

Cambridge (Isanti)

Mora (Kanabac)

Little Falls (Morrison)

Brainerd (Crow Wing)

Buffalo (Wright)

Willmar (Kandiyohi

At McCabe Bail Bonds you will be treated with the respect you deserve and in a discreet manner. Your information is completely confidential and your information will never be used for anything other than your case. We are backed by an “A” Rated insurance company with a network of a few thousand agents.

We look forward to serving the Saint Cloud area for all its bail bond needs.

Sean McCabe




Public Defenders are to Private Attorneys what Detention Release is to Private Bail.

Public Defenders are to Private Attorneys what Detention Release is to Private Bail. What I mean by this is that public defenders are cutting into the business of private attorneys the same way Detention Release is cutting into the private bail bond business. While there is a place for both government entities (for the indigent) private industry and small businesses are being hurt and usually private gets better results for clients at no cost to tax payers. And even if the results are the same its at no cost to the tax payer. The burden of the cost is only to the family or the defendant himself.

We seem to have a legal system that feels it must help and do everything for free for the people that commit crimes. I say NO! Personally I think people are held accountable only to themselves and to their family. We post bonds all the time for parents that never had a clue their son had a drug problem and feel like they failed their son by not getting him the help he needed. Not until that parent was forced to post bail did they find out about his drug problem. Yet this same client had 4 prior drug arrests for possession of controlled substance, 3 under the influence of controlled substance, 1 probation violation and 1 transportation for sales.

Not until he was forced to post bail did he have to involve his family. Mom and dad certainly did not want to spend thousands on bail and an attorney but they were more than willing to help him get the help he needed. These most recent clients posted $2,o00 for bail, upwards of $8,000 for the attorney and now spending $20,000 per month in a treatment program.

So I ask; what is better: a government system that allows a young man a revolving door in and out of custody and low level government sponsored treatment programs with low accountability or a system where his family steps in? Remember most defendants see it as a revolving door and rarely have to involve friends or family in their cases all the while costing tax payers millions of dollars. Im not saying that everyone can afford what these parents did for their son but for the ones that can afford it they should be held accountable for it. And families and defendants should be reviewed and qualified to be approved for government sponsored programs that cost tax payers millions. Just like food stamps, to qualify you must be under a certain income level to receive government assistance.