One Leg Stand Test (OLS)

The One Leg Stand test is one of three field sobriety tests that comprise the standardized field sobriety test (SFST) battery (the other two tests are the walk-and-turn test and the horizontal gaze nystagmus).

The One-Leg Stand test, the suspect is instructed to stand with one foot approximately six inches off the ground and count aloud by thousands (One thousand-one, one thousand-two, etc.) until told to put the foot down. The officer times the subject for 30 seconds. The officer looks for four indicators of impairment, including swaying while balancing, using arms to balance, hopping to maintain balance, and putting the foot down.

The one-leg stand test, like other field sobriety exercises, is a divided-attention test – by forcing a driver to concentrate on two tasks at once, it’s designed to evaluate mental and physical impairment. Prosecutors will argue that any discrepancy between the way the officer explained and demonstrated the tests, and the way the driver performed the tests is evidence of mental or physical impairment.

Even if your performance on the OLS test is poor you still have many defenses available to win your case.Without an experienced DUI/DWI defense team fighting for you, you are in an unfair fight. You should act fast and act decisively.

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