When a person is suspected of drunk driving, the officer will often as a person to take a field sobriety test. This normally includes tests of coordination like reciting the alphabet backwards or walking a straight line heel to toe. The officer does this to observe a person to decide if they are impaired in such a way that they should not be driving. As an Oregon Defense Attorney, it is generally in a person’s best interest not to take these tests. Unlike a breath test, you will not be charged with a crime for refusing to take a field sobriety test.
Refusing the Test from an Oregon Defense Attorney
Field sobriety tests are notoriously unreliable and can lead to people being wrongly arrested for drunk driving. Being pulled over and forced to take these tests is an extremely stressful, scary experience which may cause a person to fail even if they haven’t been drinking. These tests are also extremely subjective – how fast should someone be able to recite the alphabet backwards in determining “passing” versus “failing”?
An Oregon Defense Attorney can vigorously fight the charges against you even if you have failed a field sobriety test. Just because you have failed this test does not mean you will certainly be convicted for drinking and driving.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Oregon, contact Kroll & Johnson right away. Our lawyers will aggressively fight the charges against you and work to achieve the best outcome possible for your particular case. To learn more about how an Oregon Defense Attorney can help after your DUII arrest, contact Kroll & Johnson today for a free consultation.