Sanders Law Firm
View Our Practice Areas

What factors might influence field sobriety test accuracy?

Most people in New Mexico know the feeling of fear that can come over them when they look and see flashing police lights in their rear-view mirror while driving. Even if a driver has not done anything wrong or has only committed a minor infraction, the thought of being approached by a police officer can be scary. This type of fear may contribute to even more extreme anxiety for some people.

Anxiety is one of the types of health factors that might make it difficult for a person to successfully pass some of the field tests used by officers during a drunk driving investigation. According to, there are actually a variety of health conditions that can interfere with your ability to execute the tasks requested during these tests. Someone with anxiety might find it all but impossible to balance properly during the one-leg stand test and for the walk-and-turn test, for example.

Excess weight along with soft tissue or joint problems in your legs or feet can also contribute to challenges balancing. As a person ages, maintaining balance may also become harder. The horizontal gaze nystagmus test may be a problem for people with some neurological conditions that may produce an eye jerk similar to what happens after a person has consumed alcohol.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in New Mexico an overview of the things that may prevent them from passing a field sobriety test even if they have not been drinking alcohol. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • The National Trial Lawyers | Top 40 | Under 40
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Super Lawyers | Avvo Rating | Superb
  • Star Bar Of New Mexico
  • 10 Best | 2017 | Client Satisfaction
  • Top 10 Attorney And Practice Magazine's
  • distinguished Justice Advocates | top 1% attorneys in America
  • top listed in best Lawyers
  • rated by super lawyers
  • The National Trail Lawyers | Top 100
Email Us For A Response

Contact Us Today. Call 575-578-4392 or complete this form to schedule a free consultation with our legal experts.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Offices Conveniently Located in Roswell, Albuquerque & Hobbs

Roswell Office
701 West Country Club Road
Roswell, NM 88201

Toll Free: 866-755-7229
Phone: 575-578-4392
Fax: 575-622-5853
Map & Directions

Albuquerque Office
4801 Lang NE
Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Toll Free: 866-755-7229
Phone: 505-798-2588
Map & Directions

Hobbs Office
732 E. Michigan
Suite 500
Hobbs, NM 88240

Toll Free: 866-755-7229
Phone: 575-318-2887
Fax: 575-393-0565
Map & Directions

Las Cruces Office
1990 E Lohman Ave
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Phone: 575-222-1111
Map & Directions

Ruidoso Office
1100 Sudderth Dr
Ruidoso, NM 88345

Phone: 575-222-1111
Map & Directions