When a driver is stopped and being investigated for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Controlled Substances in Jacksonville, Florida, police officers will often ask the driver to perform field sobriety tests. The driver can decide whether or not he wants to participate in the tests. If he does, the test results and the police officer’s observations will be used against him. If he does not take the tests, his refusal will be used against him if he is charged with Jacksonville Driving Under the Influence (DUI). The Florida Supreme Court has address the issue of field sobriety refusal and the right against self incrimination in a Florida DUI refusal case, State v. Taylor, 648 So. 2d 701 (Fla. 1995).
If you have been arrested for Jacksonville Driving Under the Influence of Alcoholic Beverages or a Controlled Substance, contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer at 904-615-1200 today.