What does a failed sobriety test mean for your future?
An arrest for drunk driving can lead to a series of unfortunate consequences, including time in jail, fines and other penalties. If convicted of drunk driving, the defendant may find that it affects employment, reputation and may also impact other various areas of life. For many Tennessee individuals who are arrested for drunk driving, the trouble begins with a failed sobriety test.
When law enforcement pulls an individual over for suspected impaired driving, he or she may be asked to submit to certain tests that are designed to determine a driver’s physical ability. Sobriety tests are standardized, and law enforcement should be trained to administer these tests effectively. However, human error and other factors can lead to a faulty failed sobriety test.
Sobriety tests are physical tasks that typically proceed a chemical test, such as a Breathalyzer. Some of the tasks that a driver may be asked to complete include walking along a straight line and turning, a horizontal gaze test and balancing on one leg. If a driver fails to perform these tasks, it could lead to a Breathalyzer and, eventually, an arrest. If you failed a sobriety test when you were not actually intoxicated, or you believe that your rights were violated in any way, it is important to appropriately confront these circumstances.
After an arrest for drunk driving, it is in your best interests to seek the assistance of a Tennessee lawyer who understands how to protect your rights and freedom. A failed sobriety test can lead to serious legal consequences, but you may challenge any evidence against you. It is beneficial to begin with a complete case evaluation as soon as possible after an arrest.