Sobriety Tests: What You Need To Know
Law enforcement officers have different types of sobriety tests at their disposal, including field tests, roadside breath tests and blood tests. At Epstein & Robbins in Jacksonville, our attorneys have more than 40 years of Florida DUI defense experience.
When a police officer, deputy or state trooper has suspicion to believe a driver may be drunk, he or she may order a driver to:
- Walk a straight line, recite the alphabet or request another task to check for impairment
- Submit to a Breathalyzer test following a traffic stop
- Submit to a blood draw at a hospital if a roadside test indicates blood alcohol concentration (BAC) past the legal limit of .08
- Be placed under arrest for breath test refusal, which carries an automatic 12-month license suspension
In many cases, sobriety tests can be legally administered by law enforcement personnel. In some cases, a sobriety test can be shown to be inadmissible as evidence because of an illegal traffic stop or a problem with the administration of the test itself. In other situations, a driver can dispute test results.
General Guidelines After An Arrest
If you or a loved one was arrested following a sobriety test, it is important to understand and safeguard your legal rights. First of all, do not talk to law enforcement about the case until you have talked to a lawyer. Police officers, deputies and state troopers will always be looking for evidence against drivers suspected of DUI. It’s also important to not make decisions about your case until you understand all of your options. This is where we can help.