Can I refuse field sobriety testing in Phoenix?

Yes. In Arizona, you have the right to refuse field sobriety testing, such as walking a straight line, touching your nose, etc., if you are pulled over for a DUI in Phoenix. However, the real question is: Should you refuse field sobriety testing?

The answer here is a little less straightforward, but, as Phoenix DUI lawyers, we'd like to add a little insight. Keep in mind that:
  • If you refuse to participate in field sobriety testing, it is very likely that the officer involved will automatically arrest you for a DUI in Phoenix.
  • If an officer asks you to complete field sobriety tests, it is likely that he or she already plans to arrest you and is simply looking for more evidence of your intoxication.
  • Field sobriety tests can be inaccurate, and may be affected by how the test is administered, certain medical conditions, and many other factors.
  • Many medical or other conditions can cause you to fail these tests even if you have not been drinking at all, which means that even if you are completely certain of your innocence, you could still fail these tests.

If you have failed a field sobriety test in Phoenix and were arrested for a DUI, please don't wait to speak with an expert Phoenix DUI lawyer today at 1-888-929-5292 for help with your specific case. We also encourage you to read our helpful, free book, DUIs in Arizona - What You Must Know.