California Field Sobriety Tests


DUI charges are extremely serious in the state of California, and if you have been arrested for drinking and driving, then you need to retain skilled legal assistance for your case as soon as possible. The sooner that you retain the services of the Law Office of Frances Prizzia, the more time we will have to build a strong defense of your case. One of the primary means by which an officer gathers evidence to warrant an arrest for DUI, is through the use of field sobriety tests. The evidence gathered here is also usually used in court to substantiate a conviction.

If you are arrested for drinking and driving, then you need the skilled representation of an Orange County DUI attorney from our firm as soon as possible. With experience as a former public defender, and a long history of successful representation, you can look to Attorney Prizzia for the representation that you need on your side.

As some possible defenses, she can call into question the validity of:
  • The police stop, and/or
  • The evidence that substantiated an arrest
  • Your acknowledgement of license suspension upon BAC test refusal

Field sobriety tests are serious matters, and it is important for you to understand your rights regarding them.

Were you found to be intoxicated according to field sobriety tests? We can help you challenge the test results. Contact us online or call (714) 362-0157 to request your free consultation today to find out how we can help!


This first thing you need to know about field sobriety tests in California, is that there is no legal penalty to refusing the test. A police officer cannot penalize you for politely declining to perform one of these tests. There are many different ways for these tests to be performed and there is one goal for each – gather evidence to warrant an arrest. Because of this, from the start of the tests, police officers will be looking for evidence to allow them to make an arrest based on substantiated suspicion that you are drinking and driving, or driving while impaired.

The tests may consist of the one leg stand, the walk and turn test, or the HGN (horizontal gaze nystagmus, among others:
  • The one leg stand requires you to stand with one foot raised at least six inches off of the ground and count to thirty. The officer will be looking for a lack of balance, lack of concentration, and inability to count correctly.
  • The walk and turn test involves taking nine heel-toe steps on a line, turning, and walking back. The officer will look for stepping off the line, the wrong number of steps, loss of balance, and other evidence.
  • The HGN test involves you looking at an object in front of your eyes, and following it. The officer will look for twitching of the eyeballs after a certain degree as an indication of intoxication.


If you have been arrested and charged with the crime of DUI, then you need skilled representation on your side to help you effectively pursue the results that you need for your future.

Contact our firm online today or call (714) 362-0157 to discuss your charges and to begin pursuing the future that you desire.

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