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What to know before submitting to a DUI sobriety test

Police in Georgia are constantly on the lookout for people driving while impaired. It is, unfortunately, a big problem in this state. As such, those charged with DUI may face some serious consequences if they are convicted. To help oneself, there are a few things everyone should know about DUI sobriety testing.

There are a number of sobriety tests used by police. There are physical field sobriety tests. These are the ones where officers ask suspects to perform certain movements so that they can check their ability to balance and follow directions. Then there are chemical tests. These come in for the form of Breathalyzers or blood tests.

When asked to submit to sobriety testing, in any of its forms, many people believe that they have to do it. The truth is, they do not. One would be well within their right to refuse. There may be consequences to doing so, though -- such a license suspension.

Why consider refusing? DUI sobriety tests are not always 100 percent accurate. False positives do occur and fighting them can be a real bear. It is not impossible, but it is certainly not always easy to do.

A DUI conviction can negatively affect a person's life in a number of ways. Georgia residents or visitors to the state who are facing DUI charges, whether they submitted to or refused sobriety testing, can help themselves and their cases by seeking legal counsel as soon as possible. With the right help in one's corner, one can do everything necessary to fight for a case dismissal or at least a reduction in charges and penalties.

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