If a law enforcement official pulls you over and suspects that you are driving while drunk, they may decide to conduct a field sobriety test. In Massachusetts, you are able to refuse to submit to a test, although this may present consequences as well (for example, refusing a breath test could lead to the suspension of your driving privileges). There are different types of field sobriety tests that are conducted, such as standing on one leg, walking heel-to-toe, and a test which involves your horizontal gaze. Failing a field sobriety test can result in harsh penalties, even if you were not under the influence of alcohol.
There are a variety of reasons why you might fail a field sobriety test even if you have not been drinking. For example, you may have poor balance, which could affect your gait, leading to false evidence. It is important to be fully aware of your rights if you are asked to submit to a field sobriety test. For those accused of driving under the influence or refusing to take a breath test, there are various consequences that can make life incredibly hard. Losing your driver’s license could interfere with your career, affect your ability to attend college, or have an impact on others in your life (such as children who depend on you for transportation).
This can be an overwhelming position to find yourself in, but you should stay focused on protecting your rights. If you head over to our page on DUI defense, you can look through more material connected to field sobriety tests.