Field Sobriety Test Refusal: What Are Your Options in Illinois?
You were pulled over in Chicago because the police officer suspected that you had been drinking and driving. It’s been a long day at the office. You had a couple beers, but there’s no way you’re over the limit, right? So you refuse to take the field sobriety test.
Bad idea. If you’ve been pulled over and a Chicago police officer asks you to take a sobriety test, you may not have many options in Illinois to refuse. Read on to see why you may want to take the test and let your lawyer from Chicago Trusted Attorneys™ handle the aftermath.
Implied Consent and Your License
Once you pass the drivers license test, you’re required to do certain things in order to keep that license. Your license is conditional, so if you refuse or fail to do those things, you could lose your license for some time. That applies to taking a sobriety test. By holding a valid license, you provide implied consent to take a sobriety test when a police officer requests once.
If you refuse the test, you’ll earn an automatic license suspension. Even if it’s later proven you were drinking, your license suspension won’t just go away. Because of this, you may need to take the test anyway, even if you know you were drinking before you were stopped.
Don’t Refuse the Test—Defend Your Case
If you refuse to take the sobriety test, chances are good that you’ll be arrested, and you may be tested anyway. The problem is, you may not be able to fight the test refusal. You can fight the results, though.
Let’s say you do take the sobriety test, and it shows you’re over the legal limit. That’s a problem and it will lead to an arrest, but that’s just one piece of evidence against you. Fighting that evidence is also what your Chicago DUI lawyer is there for.
If you’ve been accused of a DUI, your DUI lawyer can defend you. They have the tools and access to resources you need for your defense. Better yet, your DUI attorney can also represent you in court, which relieves some of the pressure off you.
How an Illinois DUI Lawyer Can Help
Worried about the future of your drivers license? Refusing to take a field sobriety test likely won’t end well. While you’re allowed to refuse a field sobriety test, your options in Illinois are limited and could hurt your future.
Instead of refusing, though, you could work with an attorney from Chicago Trusted Attorneys™. We have decades of experience building defenses and helping people put their lives back together. We’re ready to help you get those charges dropped or reduced in the courtroom.
Ready to deal with your sobriety test results and your future? Call 312-931-5411 or fill out the online contact form below.