When police officers in Boston stop you because they suspect you are driving while drunk, they have an array of operating under the influence (OUI) testing methods to rely on. Some of these methods, such as walking a straight line, test your ability to complete simple tasks. Other testing methods get straight to the heart of the matter to let police officers know if you are intoxicated.
The Breathalyzer, for example, provides law enforcement with an immediate indication of how much alcohol is in your blood. Failing this field sobriety test will likely mean that the arresting officers will ask for a chemical test to confirm that you are unfit to drive a vehicle. Refusing a chemical test is possible but doing so will likely result in several negative consequences.
- You will immediately have your driver’s license, and as such your right to drive, taken away from you
- You will receive a written notification detailing the revocation or suspension of your license
- You will not be eligible to receive a temporary driver’s license
- Your motor vehicle will be sent to impound for at least 12 hours
- The authorities will notify the Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) of your loss of driving privileges
While an OUI defense attorney cannot be there to guide you during a traffic stop and any subsequent sobriety testing, it is wise to seek counsel right away if you are arrested. It may be possible for your lawyer to challenge the testing methods or the circumstances of your traffic stop. If these challenges find success, you can avoid the consequences of a conviction on alcohol-related charges.