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Is it okay for you to refuse to take a field sobriety test?

If you are caught driving after you have consumed an alcoholic beverage in Georgia, you may be asked to take a field sobriety test if you are pulled over by authorities. In these types of situations, you may be wondering if it is okay for you to refuse an officer's requests without suffering other consequences. Fortunately, you do have the option to tell authorities that you are not willing to take the test, but it could negatively impact your driving privileges. 

According to, you have agreed to some specific "implied consent laws" at the time you applied for and received your driver's license. If you are asked to take a field sobriety test, you can say no, but you risk losing your driving privileges. With a suspended license, you are unable to continue driving even if you have not officially been charged with DUI. In a worst-case scenario, you could be arrested for refusing to comply with a law that you previously consented to following. You should also remember that your refusal may open the door to higher fines and penalties that may have otherwise been avoided. If your case is taken to court, the testimony of authorities can be used against you and if you have denied the request to take a field sobriety test, you have less leverage to use in court as a defense for your case. Despite the circumstances that lead to you getting pulled over and asked to take a field sobriety test, it is usually in your best interest to comply and face the consequences to avoid facing prolonged punishment in the future. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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