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Field Sobriety Tests

Field Sobriety Tests: Know Your Rights in Fort Worth & Southlake Texas

If you have been pulled over while driving and the police officer suspects you are driving while impaired, they may ask you to submit to field sobriety tests. Are you required by law to perform these tests? What happens if you don’t? Know your rights under Texas law and understand the consequences of both submitting to field sobriety tests, and refusing.

What is a “field sobriety test”?

Field sobriety tests are used by law enforcement to determine whether an individual is impaired. These are physical tests, the most common of which are the following three tests:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that these field sobriety tests are reliable indicators of alcohol impairment.

Many drivers don’t realize that when they submitted an application for a driver’s license, they also consented to submitting to chemical and field sobriety tests. This is called “implied consent”, and all states have these laws.

What if I refuse a field sobriety test?

Even though you have already given consent to taking a field sobriety test, law enforcement officials cannot force you to take the test. There are no legal penalties for refusing to perform field sobriety tests. There are, however, penalties for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer or chemical tests. Refusing to submit to a blood tests or a breathalyzer in the state of Texas results in a suspension of your driver’s license. Suspension for first time offenders is 180 days; suspension for second or third offenders is a period of two years.

Can field sobriety test results be used in court?

Yes. Field sobriety tests are used by law enforcement officers to determine if there is probable cause for a driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) arrest. The results of these tests can be used as evidence of impairment in the court of law.

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Don’t panic – our Fort Worth & Southlake Texas DWI/DUI attorneys are here to help

Being pulled over by a police officer can be an intimidating experience. Don’t panic. If you have submitted to field sobriety tests and are being charged with DWI or DUI, or if you have refused testing and are being charged with suspicion of impairment, our Fort Worth DWI/DUI lawyers are here to help. Our experienced DWI and DUI attorneys aggressively protect your rights and work to achieve a positive outcome in your case. Contact the Law Office of Kyle Whitaker today at 817-332-7703 or online to schedule a free consultation.