If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), there are some important things to keep in mind in order to protect your rights. It is crucial to remain calm and be cooperative with the police officer. If you are belligerent and uncooperative, your situation can become worse very quickly.
Many people think they must take the field sobriety tests requested by the police officer. This is not the case. You do have the right to refuse these roadside tests. Field sobriety tests are not designed to help you, and it is easy fail them even if you are not under the influence of alcohol due to factors such as the time of day, poor balance, a medical condition, or poor vision. Always politely decline to take the test. If you do take the tests and fail them, it will make it much harder to defend the charges against you.
However, it is important to understand that refusing a breathalyzer test may carry serious consequences, such as an automatic suspension of your license. While it is in your best interests to refuse to take a field sobriety test, you should not refuse the breathalyzer.
It is also important to remember that anything you say to the arresting officer can be used to secure your conviction. Therefore, it is best not to admit to any wrongdoing without consulting an experienced Florida DUI attorney.
The criminal defense lawyers at The Cochran Firm South Florida know Florida DUI laws, and we have the experience necessary to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your case. We will work to find any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case in order to help you achieve reduced charges, or when possible, an acquittal.