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How accurate are field sobriety tests?

If you are stopped by officers in Arizona because they suspect you of driving drunk, you may be faced with a number of tests. Whether or not you have been drinking, this can be a distressing experience as even if you are completely sober you may worry that the test results could be misleading. As such, you might decide to refuse the tests altogether. However, it is important to note that if you do so, this could lead to the suspension of your driver's license.

Be prepared for a field sobriety test

If you are stopped in Arizona on suspicion of drunk driving, you may already have an idea of what to expect. The chances are that you will be asked to submit to various tests in order to determine your sobriety and your blood alcohol concentration. Although you are not obliged to agree to any of these tests, it is important to remember that by possessing a driver's license, you are subject to implied consent regulations.

Arizona truck driver fails field sobriety test

If something goes wrong while you are behind the wheel, you may be stopped by officers to ensure that you are not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is just as much for your own safety as for that of other road users. Erratic driving could mean any number of things, such as a health condition like a heart attack, seizure or stroke.

Arizona woman protests use of blood test as evidence

Being stopped on suspicion of drunk driving often means you are about to be subjected to a variety of tests. These can include field sobriety tests, breath tests, or even a blood draw. Although you have the right to refuse to submit to these tests, doing so can carry penalties, such as license suspension. Nevertheless, sometimes it can work in your favor to refuse.

Failing a field sobriety test can happen for many reasons

There are several tests that officers may require you to carry out if they suspect that you have been driving drunk. You may be asked to submit to a breath test, in order to determine your blood alcohol concentration, or you may be requested to perform any of a number of field sobriety tests.

A field sobriety test may precede a Breathalyzer test

If you have ever been stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, you may already have undergone some of the tests that are often carried out to determine whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol. Among the more commonly used tests are field sobriety tests. However, as we have seen before, not everyone is able to perform these tests well, regardless of their blood alcohol content.

Woman accused of DUI after hitting cows in Arizona

If you are stopped or investigated on suspicion of drunk driving, you may be asked to submit to a number of tests. This might include using a Breathalyzer or performing a field sobriety test. Whether you do so or not is your choice, but that decision can affect the outcome of the investigation. If you feel that the results of the tests could be incriminating, you might choose to decline them. However, doing so can result in the revocation of your driver's license.

DUI conviction overturned as search ruled illegal

In Arizona, if you are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol when you are in control of a vehicle, law enforcement officers may request that you submit to a number of tests. Failing these tests can often lead to arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. However, choosing not to take a drunk test can also lead to your driving license being revoked. Whatever your choice, it is important to remember that being charged does not mean you will be convicted.

Former quarterback unable to perform field sobriety test

If you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, there are a number of tests you may be asked to submit to. You can refuse to take any of them, but the consequence of doing so varies from test to test. Declining a blood alcohol test means automatic suspension of your license. However, this is not the case if you refuse a field sobriety test. Drivers in Arizona should not feel pressured to take these tests if they are worried the results may count against them.

Should this man have been arrested for drunk-driving?

When an individual is arrested for driving under the influence, it is expected that police have probable cause to make that arrest. Probable cause means sufficient evidence to believe that the individual being arrested has committed the crime. Police are not infallible in this task, though, and their judgments can be flawed. A man arrested last June for drunk driving in Austin may have had such an experience.

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