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Do I have to take field sobriety tests if I am stopped?

Even those in the Tampa area who haven't had personal experience with them may be at least somewhat familiar with field sobriety tests. After all, they have been ingrained in the common culture as part of the ritual of a drunk driving arrest and charge: first a person gets stopped, then they take the field sobriety tests and then they take an official blood or breath test.

Drunk driving penalties in Florida are significant

It is important to note that there are two separate types of penalties and consequences individuals accused of drunk driving in Florida may face. Accused individuals may face criminal penalties as well as administrative consequences associated with drunk driving charges. In Florida, accused individuals can have their driver's license suspended and, in addition to administrative penalties, may also face stiff criminal penalties.

Drunk driving penalties in Florida are significant

It is important to note that there are two separate types of penalties and consequences individuals accused of drunk driving in Florida may face. Accused individuals may face criminal penalties as well as administrative consequences associated with drunk driving charges. In Florida, accused individuals can have their driver's license suspended and, in addition to administrative penalties, may also face stiff criminal penalties.

Don't let overzealous DUI charges haunt your life

The summer season is primetime for fun in the sun with family and friends. Between beach outings, barbecues, reunions and many more activities, this can seem like an idyllic time. Many adults also enjoy drinking a few alcoholic beverages during such outings. It's when these beverages spill over into the road, however, that the fun situation can turn into an extremely serious criminal situation.

We question field sobriety tests in our DWI cases

A previous post on this blog discussed how field sobriety tests, which many in the Tampa metro area now see as part of the police's standard routine when they are stopping a Florida motorist on suspicion of drunk driving, can in fact be an unreliable indicator of whether a person is intoxicated.

Field sobriety tests are imperfect and lead to erroneous arrests

Field sobriety tests are assessments of drivers' balance and coordination. Florida law enforcement officials administer them when those officers believe that drivers may be operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. Such tests generally require individuals to stand on one leg, walk in a straight line and follow a moving point with their eyes.

Defenses may be available to drunk driving charges

A drunk driving charge such as DUI or DWI can leave a Florida resident with a difficult legal burden to bear. Even if they are able to pay any fines associated with conviction on their charges they may see their license revoked, their insurance premiums increase, and extra scrutiny placed on them when they are allowed back behind the wheel of a car.

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