Are field sobriety tests mandatory when pulled over for DUI in Arizona?

The answer is “no.” Officers often use field sobriety testing to give them probable cause, or justification, to arrest someone for suspected drunk driving. These tests are not reliable and are based on the officer’s subjective opinion.

If you are pulled over for suspected driving under the influence (DUI), you may be asked to walk a straight line, then turn. You may be asked to stand on one leg or follow a moving pen or other object with your eyes. Failing one of these tests can lead to your arrest, which is unfortunate considering that many factors, other than alcohol, can influence the outcome of the testing.

You do have the right to refuse to participate in field sobriety tests. Simply decline the officer’s request.

To learn more about field sobriety testing and other issues relating to DUI, order a free copy of our informative book, Arizona DUI Law: What You Must Know.

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