Poughkeepsie Lawyers Handling DWI And Field Sobriety Tests Defense
Experience In Suppressing Complex DWI And Breath Test Evidence Throughout New York
One of the first things that a law enforcement professional will do if he or she suspects your driving has been impaired due to alcohol or drug consumption is administer a field sobriety test. Many individuals who have been pulled over do not realize that they have the right to refuse this kind of test, but even those who do can face serious consequences if they choose to refuse.
The Poughkeepsie field sobriety test attorneys of MacKay & Berube PLLC have successfully represented both sides: individuals who have taken these tests and failed as well as those who have refused. Our lawyers have an unmatched level of experience, as two of our lawyers are former senior assistant district attorneys. We have built strong defenses for individuals across New York for decades and can do the same for you.
MacKay & Berube PLLC offers free initial consultations to discuss the preliminary details of a drunk driving case. The firm can be reached online or by telephone at 845-462-0001.
How Do I Know Whether Or Not To Take A Field Sobriety Test?
A field sobriety test’s primary purpose is to gather evidence that gives probable cause for chemical tests (like a breath test or Breathalyzer test). It is important to remember that you have no obligation under the law to take a test like this, and having experienced legal representation on your side is always a great benefit.
There are certain circumstances where refusal makes sense — for example, if you have had a prior DWI conviction or are aware that you have consumed alcohol far beyond what you should have. Still, refusal of a field sobriety test will likely result in a ticket, but could potentially lead to serious fines and long-term license suspensions. If you are under the age of 21 and you refuse a chemical test, you will likely be subject to more severe penalties as well.
Remember that while the court views you as innocent until proven guilty, law enforcement does not. The officer who pulled you over is looking for ways to trip you up and gather evidence of your guilt. The only individual on your side in these cases is your attorney, so make sure to contact an experienced lawyerwith a record of success as soon as possible. Our firm also represents students at Vassar College, Marist College, and The Culinary Institute of America who are facing field sobriety test issues.