Houston Criminal Lawyer | Reasons to Refuse Field Sobriety Tests

If you find yourself pulled over by the police such as the HPD DWI Task Force; you already have a serious problem and more than likely you are going to be arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

Most officers are trained during police academy on how to have suspects perform field sobriety tests in order to judge their level of intoxication. Others have received many hours of advanced training but still make mistake in this complex situation. Officers vary tremendously on the actual instructions that they give to suspects which obviously can greatly alter the ability of completely them correctly despite that all officers are trained to strictly follow the same procedures and instructions each time.

The key point is that at that moment the only thing that matters is: the officers’ opinion.

It does not matter if you have had zero drinks, no prescribed medication and no illegal drugs in your system; if you cannot perform well according to the officer then you are going to be in handcuffs.

Do not be fooled into believing that if you do well on these tests that the officer will then let you go home. The entire goal of DWI officers is to arrest people for that particular offense so why give them any more ammunition at trial? Everything is usually recorded. So also keep that in mind when interacting with the officer. Politely refuse any tests, any questions or statements and request a lawyer. Find a Houston criminal lawyer and fight the charge.

After that you will asked to either provide a breath or blood sample so that your blood alcohol level can be determine but again refuse that as well. Force the officer to somehow articulate the reason why he believes you are intoxicated based on no field sobriety tests and you have successfully made your case much more defensible.

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