What to Do When Asked to Take a Field Sobriety Test

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If you're pulled over by the police, follow the officer's instructions

When you see those flashing red-and-blue lights in the rear-view mirror, find a place to pull over to the side of the road quickly and safely. Place your hands on the steering wheel and wait for the officer to walk up to your car.


Be polite and cooperative

Provide your driver's license and registration, and politely answer any basic questions, but don't volunteer any information. Keep your answers short and concise.


Decline any request to perform a field sobriety test

If the officer asks you to step out of the car, do so. However, if you're asked to take a field sobriety test, politely decline. Many drivers hope they will avoid a DUI arrest by "passing" a field sobriety test, but that's rarely the case. Police use these "tests" solely to establish probable cause for a DUI arrest and gather evidence to use against you in court.


If you're arrested for DUI, call a lawyer as soon as possible

The sooner a qualified DUI lawyer is working on your case, the sooner you'll have an aggressive defense plan. A skilled DUI lawyer can help you with bail, arraignment, and many other aspects of the criminal justice system with which you may be unfamiliar. I am always available to answer any questions you have about a California DUI arrest. Simply call me at 1-800-NO-CUFFS for a free consultation.

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