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One-leg stand test not 100% accurate

Do you know someone who has been arrested for  a driving under the influence offense in Virginia? Have you actually been charged with a DUI offense yourself? Whether you want to help and support a friend or family member or need to defend yourself against such a charge, learning about the different tests used during the arrest process will be important for you.

Many people might not know that the field sobriety tests used by officers are not always 100% accurate. According to, the one-leg stand test, for example, is said to have an accuracy rate of only 65 percent. Several things might contribute to your inability to pass this test even if you have not been drinking alcohol. One of these factors is excess weight. Persons who are 50 or more pounds over what is considered a recommended weight may naturally have problems balancing on one leg.

Even a person who is at a recommended weight may not be able to balance properly if they have had injuries to their knees, hips, legs, ankles or feet. Such problems might be the result of accidents or other medical conditions. Even neurological problems may impeded your ability to balance without assistance, especially when asked to perform other tasks at the same time. This sort of dual processing can add to complications for some people.

If you would like to learn more about the one-leg stand test often used during a drunk driving stop, please feel free to visit the field sobriety test accuracy page of our Virginia driving under the influence charge defense website.