Arizona DUI Stops Using Field Sobriety Tests
Note: You may refuse to perform field sobriety tests when an officer asks. If you do perform the Field Sobriety Tests, the results WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU in your DUI case.
Police officers in Mesa and throughout Arizona will routinely request that a driver that they have stopped perform Field Sobriety Tests. Many drivers in Mesa, AZ do not realize that they are not required to perform field sobriety tests. In fact, ask any experienced DUI attorney, and they will insist that you should NEVER take field sobriety tests as they are only going to be used against you. Under Arizona law, the results of these tests can be used in two ways. To establish probable cause to arrest a driver for DUI and To require a breath or blood tests from the driver suspected of DUI. Law enforcement officials count on drivers to basically self-incriminate themselves through agreeing to perform field sobriety tests.
The fact is, there is no requirement in Arizona law that says that an individual has to submit to standard Field Sobriety Tests. Despite what the police tell you, you do not have to take their field sobriety tests. By the way, the police can and will lie to you, they are not your friends, they are the ones trying to arrest you for a DUI or some other criminal offense and a common practice of these ambitious officers is tell you things that are simply not true in order to get you to say or do things to further incriminate you. Remember: You have the right to remain silent…
Field Sobriety Tests in Mesa are designed to prove that you are guilty of DUI. They are not used to prove your innocence! Field sobriety tests are negatively scored and the results are based on the subjective observations of the police officer who is trained and paid to arrest people for DUI.
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