If you're pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence in New Jersey, the police officer may ask you to perform a field sobriety test. While you have the right to refuse this test, doing so can have serious consequences. Here's what you need to know about refusing a field sobriety test in New Jersey:
1. You can still be arrested for DUI without taking the test
If you refuse to take a field sobriety test, the police officer may still arrest you for DUI based on other evidence, such as your driving behavior, the smell of alcohol on your breath, or your appearance of intoxication. Refusing the test does not guarantee that you won't be arrested.
2. Refusing the test can lead to a license suspension
In New Jersey, if you refuse to take a field sobriety test, your driver's license will be suspended for a period of time, even if you are not ultimately convicted of DUI. The length of the suspension depends on several factors, including whether you have refused a test before and whether you are a commercial driver.
3. You have the right to legal representation.
If you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI and asked to take a field sobriety test, you have the right to consult with an attorney before deciding whether to take the test. An experienced DUI attorney can advise you on your rights and help you make an informed decision.
4. You may be able to challenge the license suspension
If your driver's license is suspended for refusing a field sobriety test, you may be able to challenge the suspension through an administrative hearing. An attorney can help you prepare for this hearing and present evidence on your behalf.
5. It's important to act quickly
If you have refused a field sobriety test and your license has been suspended, it's important to act quickly to protect your rights. Contacting an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible can help you understand your options and take the appropriate steps to challenge the suspension.
At the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC, we understand the serious consequences of refusing a field sobriety test in New Jersey. Our experienced DUI attorneys can help you navigate the legal system and protect your rights.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation.