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How To Refuse A Field Sobriety Test

Know when to get a DWI Defense lawyer. In Texas and in Austin if you’re stopped for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the officer is going to ask you to step out of your vehicle. You may receive a DWI charge. First, he is going to ask you to perform a series of tests. You can refuse the field sobriety test. However, most people don’t know you can decline to take these tests.

Second, you want to refuse these tests politely and say something to the nature of sorry, officer, but I don’t want to take these tests. They’re going to have less evidence to try to prove that you were intoxicated when you were stopped. By declining the tests, the officer is going to arrest you but if you did the tests, the officer is going to arrest you anyway. If he believes that you’re intoxicated he’s going to arrest you.  Also, he’s going to use that to justify your arrest even without the field sobriety test that having been done.

So, as far as your loss of license and other things that come with it, there is no impact on that from refusing to take the standardized field sobriety test itself. What that comes from is a refusal to give a breath or blood sample.

Third , it’s important you find an attorney that knows what they’re doing that knows the DWI laws. You need the top DWI Defense Lawyer that knows the cases and what to look for when they’re fighting your case.


At Stephen T Bowling, Austin DWI Lawyer, we understand a DWI conviction is costly professionally and fiscally. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

Proven Defense by a Former Law Enforcement Officer

Many people who receive a DWI charge in Austin just assume there is no way to fight it. They think the best they can hope for is a smaller fine or a reduction in the amount of time they lose their license. We focus on defending anyone accused of a DWI. With the right legal counsel, there are other outcomes. Depending on the facts of the case, what if

  • You don’t lose your license at all instead of months of suspension, ?
  • Instead of making a deal for probation, you never get convicted?
  • Your record stays clean instead of having a DWI conviction, ?
  • Instead of cutting bad deals, you get a vigorous DWI defense?

Your DWI Charge Defense

While every case depends on the facts and circumstances at play, mounting an aggressive defense to DWI charges may be your best option. The Austin Criminal Defense attorneys at Stephen T Bowling, P.C., handle all drunk driving cases, defending clients in both the criminal proceedings and driver’s license hearings. Know when you can refuse a field sobriety test and what to do when you are arrested.

Don’t trust just anyone with your DWI defense. Contact the law firm of Stephen T Bowling, PC, by e-mail or call us at 512-599-9000 to schedule your free consultation with an Austin DWI lawyer to discover some strategies we pursue in defending Austin Driving While Intoxicated cases.

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DWI Case Factors

What is Intoxicated?
“Operating” a motor vehicle. What does this mean?
What is a “Public Place”?
Drugged Driving
DWI Penalties
DWI with a Child under 15
BAC over 0.15 with a DWI Charge
Open Container & DWI Charge
14 day Driver’s License Requirement

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