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Field sobriety test inaccuracy rates

If you have recently been arrested for suspected drunk driving in Virginia, you are likely scared and wondering how you can defend yourself and protect your rights. It can feel like you have no voice at these times but it is important to remember that you do. One thing that is important for you to do is to become educated about the various aspects of your case. This includes learning about the evidence used against you.

Implied consent and chemical test refusals

If you are like a lot of people in Virginia, you may know that one element involved in an arrest for alleged drunk driving is testing that can chemically measure the blood alcohol content in your system. Field sobriety tests are not able to provide any measurement of a BAC. Instead, this is done by taking a breath sample or a blood sample from a driver. While you may not be forced into providing either one of these samples, the implied consent law does open the door for you to experience some harsh penalties if you refuse a chemical test.

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