What You should Know about Field Sobriety Tests
By Cohen & Dwin, P.A. on January 23, 2019 | In Accidents
If you’re stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) in Maryland, you are required by law to submit to a blood, urine or breath test. As part of their protocol in potential DUI or DWI situations, police may also ask you to take a field sobriety test; what police will likely fail to mention is that field sobriety tests are optional and should generally be declined by drivers. If you were arrested for DUI or DWI, one of the most important steps you can take is to contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. The Baltimore criminal defense lawyers at Cohen & Dwin have extensive experience in DUI and DWI cases; please call us at 800-692-2500 for your consultation.
Field sobriety tests are inherently flawed and very subjective. These tests often involve completing tasks related to balance and coordination, which can be difficult even while sober. If you consent to a field sobriety test, your every movement will be scrutinized by police and their observations may be used against you in court. Refusing a field sobriety test is not only acceptable, but this refusal cannot be used against you in court unless you also decline a legally obligated blood, urine or breath test to determine your blood-alcohol content (BAC). Because the consequences of a DUI are severe and can include a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license, it’s important to take every step possible to ensure your rights are protected.
If you’re facing DUI or DWI charges, please contact Cohen & Dwin to arrange your consultation with one of our knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys. We welcome clients from the greater Baltimore, Maryland, area.