Should I refuse a field sobriety test?

On Behalf of | Dec 27, 2021 | Criminal Defense

If you make the mistake of driving while intoxicated, you put yourself at risk of a DUI arrest. However, people make a few misconceptions and mistakes when they get pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.

Police officers are under no obligation to help you when they believe you are a danger to yourself and others. See below to learn how to help yourself and increase your chances of avoiding a charge.

Roll down your window

Once you see the flashing lights behind you, pull over and roll down your window right away. The smell of alcohol has a chance to dissipate this way, so you appear less guilty. Even if you are not over the legal limit, a police officer who smells alcohol will automatically be suspicious. Provide the officer with your license, proof of insurance and registration. You do not have to provide any more information besides that.

Refuse the field sobriety test

Do not perform a field sobriety test. You are not required to take one. If you submit yourself to a field sobriety test, you put yourself at greater risk of a DUI charge. The effectiveness of field sobriety tests is not apparent. Officers can make mistakes, resulting in you receiving a false charge. However, you can face arrest under applied consent in Georgia if you refuse a breath test. Also, an officer may arrest you anyways if they have reasonable suspicion.

Avoiding a DUI conviction is not always possible. If you know your rights and what to expect, you help your chances. For DUI convictions, contact a lawyer who specializes in criminal defense.