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What Happens If I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test?

Driving while intoxicated covers several substances including alcohol, marijuana, and opiates. When a police officer suspects that a driver was driving while intoxicated, they have the right to issue a field sobriety test. A field test can include several types of tests including the one-leg stand test, the walk-and-turn test, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test. Officers are trained to look for several signs that indicate a driver may be driving under the influence when they request a driver to submit a field sobriety test.

You do not have to take the test if you don’t want to. However, there will be some repercussions for this. Upon refusing a test, your driver’s license will be suspended for a minimum of 6 months. That suspension will remain in place regardless of if you are later convicted or not of driving while intoxicated. If you face a license suspension, you may be able to participate in an Administrative License Revocation Program. This program may allow you to request a hearing to contest your suspended license.
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The Flanigan Law Firm is a DWI defense lawyer serving the Bryan and College Station, TX areas. If you find yourself being charged with a DWI/DUI, our attorney can help you. You always have rights, and it can be hard to defend them on your own without extensive knowledge of the law. Our attorneys are well-versed in DWI/DUI law. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation!


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