Field sobriety testing is typically a tool that law enforcement officials use when trying to assess whether drivers are intoxicated and, if so, whether DUI arrests should be made. While you may think that you know what field sobriety testing entails, here and in an upcoming second part of this blog, we will lay out some important facts that all drivers should know when it comes to field sobriety testing; being familiar with these facts could be essential to helping you protect your rights in the event you are ever stopped for and questioned about drunk driving.
- Fact 1: You have the right to refuse to submit to field sobriety testing – When officers talk to you during a DUI stop, their phrasing will likely be terse and may make you think that you have to submit to field sobriety testing. However, you should be aware that you do NOT have to perform field sobriety tests just because a cop asks (or tries to command) you to do so. By law, you have the right to refuse this testing, and it’s essential that you exercise this right if you think that, for any reason, you may not pass this testing.
- Fact 2: Refusing field sobriety testing won’t result in automatic penalties – If you choose to exercise your right to refuse to submit to field sobriety testing, it’s also critical that you are aware that your refusal will NOT result in automatic penalties. In fact, although your refusal may result in a cop asking you to breathe into a breathalyzer or submit to a blood test (to test your alleged blood alcohol content), it will not automatically result in a suspension of your driver’s license or an immediate arrest.
Check out our upcoming Part 2 of this blog for some additional important facts you should know about field sobriety testing.
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