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What are the Consequences of a Field Sobriety Test Refusal in DuPage County

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Most DUI arrests start with a traffic stop. Police officers claim that you were committing a traffic violation — like speeding, improper lane usage, swerving or turning without signaling — that gave them reasonable suspicion to pull you over.

Officers will usually ask for your driver's license, registration and insurance car. If they suspect that you were drinking, they may ask you to step out of your car and participate in field sobriety tests.

At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., many of our clients ask us about the field sobriety tests that were used in DuPage and Kane Counties. Will I get punished for refusing to take field sobriety tests? What are the consequences of a field sobriety test refusal?

Using In-Depth Knowledge of the Law to Your Advantage in Illinois Courts

We use our in-depth knowledge of Illinois law to give them clear answers. Often, we investigate the facts surrounding use of field sobriety tests and use them to our clients' advantage in court.

Several kinds of field sobriety tests are commonly used in Illinois or commonly asked about by our clients:

  • Walk and turn: Officers ask you to talk a straight line
  • One leg stand: Officers ask you to stand on one leg for a certain period of time
  • Horizontal gaze nystagmus: Officers ask you to follow a pen with your eyes. They check for certain movements of the iris when your eyes look to the sides.
  • Finger to nose touch test
  • Reciting the alphabet: Officers often require you to do this backwards or to start at a specific letter and end at another.

The problem with field sobriety tests is the lack scientific or medical support for the results. They way they are given and scored differs depending on who gives them and when. And judges and jurors are often mislead by test results that are just plain wrong.

That's why it is critical to have a knowledgeable attorney by your side. Your lawyer can use the law on field sobriety tests to your advantage. At the law offices of Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., preventing field sobriety tests from harming your DUI case is an essential part of our defense strategy.

If you have questions about an Illinois field sobriety test, talking to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible is the best way to get answers. Contact Michael T. Norris, Ltd. and John W. Callahan, Ltd., today. Call us toll free at 1-877-335-6693 or contact us online for a free and confidential consultation. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day.