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Every year in Arizona, countless drivers get pulled over on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. If this happens to you, the likelihood is that you will be asked to submit to a breath test. You may also be required to participate in a number of field sobriety tests designed to measure your possible impairment.

Know what to expect from a field sobriety test

In Arizona, if you are stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, you probably already know what to expect. You might be Breathalyzed, asked questions about whether you have consumed any alcohol or even requested to submit to  field sobriety tests. While you do have the right to refuse, it can result in the suspension of your license, so it is important to consider this decision carefully.

Be prepared for a field sobriety test

If you are stopped while driving in Arizona, there is a chance that the officer who has pulled you over suspects you of drunk driving. If so, he or she may ask you to submit to a number of tests to determine your blood alcohol concentration and whether your ability to drive is impaired in any way. If you are found to be under the influence of alcohol, you could be charged.

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In Arizona, many drivers have been stopped at one time or another on suspicion of drunk driving. It is important to know your limits, yet even if you feel safe to drive, if your blood alcohol concentration is at or above 0.08 percent, you could be charged with drunk driving. During the investigation, you may also be asked to submit to various examinations, including field sobriety tests, which are designed to determine whether your movement, reactions or vision have been impaired.

Try to stay calm during sobriety tests

If you have ever been investigated on suspicion of drunk driving, you will already know how stressful the experience can be. It is something that happens to drivers every day in Arizona, in order to keep the roads as safe as possible. However, although many of the tests used to determine whether an individual is intoxicated are very accurate, they can still give misleading results from time to time.

The SFST is considered very accurate

If you have been involved in a road accident at any point, there is a chance that you will have been investigated for drunk driving. Officers in Arizona tend to check thoroughly for evidence of intoxication during a crash in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident. However, the methods for determining sobriety are not always completely accurate. This could mean that you are mistakenly charged with drunk driving.

What can you expect from a field sobriety test?

Being pulled over is something no driver wants to deal with. However, as officers in Arizona are committed to minimizing the number of drunk drivers on the roads, in order to improve the overall safety of road-users, if your driving appears to be at all erratic, you might be stopped. If this happens, the next step is likely to be a series of tests to determine whether you are intoxicated.

Roadside tests are not always accurate

Many drivers in Arizona have been stopped at some point or another. Often officers simply need to run some routine checks and then they can send you on your way. However, if you fail certain tests, such as field sobriety tests, it is possible that you will be accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Not only could this cost you your license, but it could also lead to criminal charges.

Can your medical condition affect your sobriety test?

If you have ever been stopped on suspicion of drunk driving in Arizona, you may already be familiar with the range of tests that are often required. There is a good chance that the officers present may ask you to perform a breath test. They are also likely to request that you participate in a number of field sobriety tests. Unfortunately, the results of these tests are not always as reliable as you might hope.

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.

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