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What might counting by thousands have to do with your freedom?

A possible answer to the question in the title is that if you can't do it while standing on one foot, you may be headed for jail, especially if your poor performance makes you a suspect for DUI charges. Suppose you just left your friend's house where you and several others spent the evening playing cards and enjoying a few snacks and cold drinks.

Suppose further that one or two of those drinks contained alcohol as an ingredient and when you left your friend's house to drive home, a police officer pulls you over. You still might not be very concerned if you fully believe you are well within the legal driving limits of alcohol in your bloodstream. However, if the officer asks you to step out of your car, stand on one foot and count by thousands simultaneously, it can be a real game changer.

Be ready for field sobriety tests

Remember back when you were in school and your teachers would throw you off guard by giving pop quizzes? That's sort of how it might feel when a police officer unexpectedly asks you to perform field sobriety tests. If you're aware of the three main types of tests ahead of time, you may be more confident and able to avoid legal trouble when the time comes to carry out a police officer's instructions. The following explanations provide basic facts about three main types of field sobriety tests:

  • The one-foot balance test necessitates your standing on one foot with the other at least six inches off the ground. While doing this, the officer will likely expect you to count by thousands aloud. The purpose is not only to test your ability to follow simple instructions but also to see if you are having any balance-related problems or difficulty performing cognitive and physical tasks at the same time.
  • The officer may also ask you to perform a walk-and-turn test. It is definitely a lot different from a fashion runway, although you may have to walk in a similar manner as runway models do. Typically, you'll be asked to walk in a straight line, while placing the heel of one foot in front of the toes of the other. This is a bit exaggerated compared to a fashion model's stride, but hopefully, you get the idea.
  • There's also a test called the horizontal gaze nystagmus. That's a very scientific term that refers to tracking your eye movements. If a police officer thinks your basic eye movements when tracking an object from side-to-side appear erratic, you may wind up facing drunk driving charges before the night's end.

Sitting in the back of a police squad car is obviously not the way you want an evening at your friend's house to end. However, if this happens to you, try not to panic. While there is a particular process that must unfold in such circumstances, it doesn't necessarily mean you are going to jail when all is said and done. The court will give you an opportunity to present a strong defense.

Many Tennessee residents have avoided conviction in past similar situations by allowing experienced defense representatives to act on their behalves in court.

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