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refusing to test
Can I refuse to submit to a field sobriety test and or a chemical test?
Field sobriety and chemical are the two types of tests used in drunk driving cases.
field sobriety tests
A field sobriety test which is a test conducted "in the field" Typical field tests include standing on one foot, walking a straight line and turning around to walk back (walking heel-to-toe), touching a finger to your nose, and similar tests created by police over the years to "assumedly" test for sobriety.
You can refuse to take a field sobriety test, but It is not recommended. If you should happen to refuse to submit to a field sobriety test, that refusal alone is probable cause for an arrest for OWI - operating while under the influence.
Chemical testing, also known as blood draws or blood tests, are conducted at a hospital.
Breath tests, or tests conducted with an intoximeter (previously known as a breathalyzer) are conducted at a police station, as well as in the field with portable breath testing machines.