Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs)
Necessary Information from an Experienced Denver DUI Attorney
Contrary to popular belief the roadside tests conducted on suspected drunk drivers are completely voluntary. You do not have to do these! Officers often tell suspects that if they refuse "testing" they will lose their license "automatically" for one year. This is the officer's way of getting you to take roadside sobriety tests and this statement is only half true.
It is true that you can lose your license if you refuse a chemical test; however, there are no additional penalties for refusing voluntary field sobriety tests. That is why they are voluntary. Understand that your performance on these tests can and will be used against you. However, it is important to distinguish between the field sobriety tests and a chemical test and to ensure that the officer knows that you are declining the roadside sobriety tests, not a blood or breath test.
Officers will often confuse this issue, sometimes intentionally, and take your refusal to consent to the completely voluntary roadsides as a refusal to take all tests, including a chemical test. So it is important to distinguish and clarify that you are declining or refusing to submit to the voluntary standardized field sobriety tests but that you are willing to consent to a chemical test of either your blood or your breath.
The Orr Law Firm stands up for those you have been accused of drunk driving due to field sobriety and chemical tests. Let us stand up for you. Call (303) 747-4247 to speak with a dedicated Denver DUI lawyer.