Imagine yourself going out to an event with your friends and you decide that you want to drink a beer or two. While beers do not usually give you the same effects as other alcoholic drinks, you may feel as if there is nothing wrong with you driving yourself back home late in the night time as you likely feel normal or as close to normal as you can. All of sudden you have the urge to go use the restroom, but instead of stopping somewhere to do your business, you decide to try your best to hold it until you make it back home. As you are twisting and turning in the driver seat trying not to let loose on yourself you, for a split second, swerve into another lane while trying to stay calm to refrain from using the restroom on yourself while driving. There is a police officer around who happens to notice your driving error and they decide to turn on their lights and sirens in pursuit to make you pull over. When the police officer finally stops you, they walk up to your car and ask you a simple question, which is, “have you been drinking?” If you happen to say “yes”, they might ask you to step out of your vehicle to take a field sobriety test. But since you feel perfectly fine and do not feel drunk at all, you choose to decline taking the field sobriety test. The police officers offer for you to take the field sobriety test to decide if the person that is being accused (in this scenario that is you) is intoxicated in some type of way. In other scenarios, if you decide to refuse to take the field sobriety test then it really is not such a big deal. But in some states, if you decide to decline to take the field sobriety test, your decision will unfortunately be used against you in court while in front of a judge.
The best thing to do in situations like these is to contact a criminal defense attorney. They will review the details of your case and let you know what your legal options are and help ensure that your next step is the best step. Contact a DUI lawyer, like from The Lynch Law Group, should you or anyone you know be involved in a DUI case and refuse to take a field sobriety test This call can make all the difference between your freedom and criminal record.