As we continue in the Holiday Season with Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year, I want to remind everyone to celebrate responsibly. Don't drive intoxicated. As cruel as it may seem, you don't have to be intoxicated to get arrested. Many officers will arrest merely based upon the suspicion of intoxication. Field sobriety tests are not foolproof or 100% accurate and the officer's administration of them is rarely totally compliant to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's standards. There is no such thing as "passing" or "doing good" on the field sobriety tests. In other words, even if you don't exhibit the "indicators" of intoxication on the test, it simply means the test is inconclusive, not that you are sober. Good performance on field sobriety tests is difficult for many sober individuals. They are similar to acrobatic manuvers and require a solid base level of coordination and athletic ability. You have the right to decline the tests by stating that you will not submit to the tests without being able to exercise your right to counsel. You also have the right to decline to answer any questions, and I urge you to POLITELY inform the officer that you decline to answer any questions without legal counsel.
If you experience any difficulties with law enforcement, experienced criminal defense counsel is a paramount consideration. There are additional time limits that might expire if you wait too long. Your drivers' license and criminal history can be at risk. Do not delay. Call now.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All!