Did You Fail A Field Sobriety Test?
When you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), or driving while impaired (DWI), you will likely want to do everything you can to get the matter resolved as soon as possible. While cooperating with the police is always important, you should not feel compelled to take a field sobriety test, such as the one leg stand or the walk and turn test.
At the law office of the Shipley Law Firm, we have extensive experience defending against DUI charges, including those based solely on the results of field sobriety tests. If you have been arrested for DUI or DWI, we will thoroughly investigate the charges and aggressively protect your rights.
Sobriety Tests Are Not Mandatory
Being questioned by a law officer can be intimidating, particularly if you are being accused of a DUI or DWI. If an officer requests that you perform a field sobriety test, you may feel like you have no other choice. However, you do not have to subject yourself to these tests. You cannot be arrested for refusing to take field sobriety tests, although you may still be arrested based on other evidence that leads to the suspicion of drunk driving.
Refusing to take field sobriety tests is important because it gives the prosecution less subjective evidence to use against you during your criminal hearing. Your refusal to take field sobriety tests is inadmissible as a sign of guilt.
We Will Build An Aggressive Defense
If you have already been charged with a DUI/DWI and consented to the sobriety tests at the time of arrest, there are still defenses available. The traffic stop may not have been valid, or the officer may have failed to administer the tests properly. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your case in order to provide you with the best criminal defense possible. We have handled over 1,000 cases, and provide a level of personalized attention that you cannot find at large law firms.
Call For An Appointment With A Maryland DUI/DWI Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI and want to protect your rights, talk to us. Contact our drunk driving defense lawyers online or call 410-822-7660 to schedule a consultation. For your convenience, we accept Visa and MasterCard.