If a Florida police officer pulls you over and asks you to step out of your vehicle, chances are he or she suspects that you’ve been drinking. Facing drunk driving charges is definitely no small matter, as penalties under conviction can be quite severe. However, merely being accused of driving under the influence of alcohol is not a constitution of guilt.
You have rights, and it is critical that you know where to seek support to protect those rights. Many people mistakenly believe that they must comply with any and all requests police officers make during traffic stops. Do you know that you are not legally obligated to take a field sobriety test? Do you also know that there is a difference between a preliminary alcohol screening given through a mobile breath test device and a Breathalyzer test?
Not only are there no legal repercussions for refusing to take a field sobriety test, neither are there any administrative penalties for a refusal. There are penalties for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, though. The easiest way to make sure that you clearly understand your rights and know how to protect them is to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Bryant, Higby & Barr, in Florida, is fully equipped to act on your behalf to fight DUI charges or any other criminal offense. Extensive trial experience enables our legal team to provide strategic and aggressive defense. If you have been arrested for suspected drunk driving, you can take the first steps toward obtaining as positive an outcome as possible by using the contact form on our website to reach out for immediate legal support.