If you are pulled over by an officer of the law under suspicion of a DUI, there are a number of field sobriety tests that can be administered. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the standardized tests include Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Walk and Turn (WAT), and One-Leg Stand (OLS).
You can refuse to perform field sobriety tests, but the officer may decide to arrest you based on other observations. Refusing to perform the field sobriety tests will limit the evidence against you at trial. Many people with ailments would fail field sobriety tests while sober, not to mention in combination with the stress of the situation, possible traffic traveling close by and inclement weather.
The DUI penalties in Chicago are severe. Fines, potential jail time, driver's license suspension and community service are some of the penalties you may have to face if arrested for a DUI. If you have had multiple DUIs, the consequences are even harsher.
A lawyer at The Toney Law Firm, LLC can review the exact circumstances of your case and may be able to determine if you were subjected to an unlawful police stop or non-standard tests. Even though the tests may have been administered correctly, failing a field sobriety test does not automatically indicate intoxication. Let Attorney Sarah Toney help you with a strong legal defense in fighting your DUI charges.
Contact a Chicago Field Sobriety Test Lawyer if the results of your test caused you to be arrested for a DUI.