Can I refuse to take a roadside breath test or other field sobriety tests?

While you can refuse to take a roadside breath test or other field sobriety tests, you should be careful about how you handle it. Refusing a breathalyzer or other sobriety test does not mean that you can't be arrested for a DUI. Police officers rely on their judgement to determine if a driver appears intoxicated and you may be charged even if you refuse a test.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Jun 29, 2022

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