The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: A Review of Scientific and Legal Issues

@article{Rubenzer2008TheSF,
  title={The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests: A Review of Scientific and Legal Issues},
  author={S. Rubenzer},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
  year={2008},
  volume={32},
  pages={293-313}
}
  • S. Rubenzer
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Law and Human Behavior
This article details the history and development of the National Highway and Safety Administration’s Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. They are reviewed in terms of relevant scientific, psychometric, and legal issues. It is concluded that the research that supports their use is limited, important confounding variables have not been thoroughly studied, reliability is mediocre, and that their developers and prosecution-oriented publications have oversold the tests. Further, case law since their… Expand
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