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What Factors Contribute to the Likelihood of a Suspect Failing a Florida Field Sobriety Test?

Even when driving sober, being asked to perform a field sobriety test can be a scary experience for many motorists. Failing a field sobriety test can have many consequences. As a result, it may be best to refuse the test in certain circumstances. Our free guide, Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction in Alachua County, provides further guidance.

Suspects fail Florida field sobriety tests for reasons in addition to intoxication. Factors that can increase the chances of failing a field sobriety test include:

  • Having generally poor coordination.
  • Being ill at the time of the test.
  • Feeling nervous at the time of the test.
  • Taking medication before the administering of the test.

Fortunately, refusing to take a field sobriety test in Gainesville will not result in an automatic loss of your driver’s license in the same manner as a refusal to take a blood, breath, or urine test that measures blood alcohol content. However, the refusal can be used against you should your charges go to trial. Since field sobriety tests are subjective, confusing, difficult to perform, and sometimes administered incorrectly by police, the best course of action may be to refuse the field sobriety test.

Even if you have already taken a field sobriety test and were charged with a Florida DUI as a result, a knowledgeable legal professional may be able to help you respond to the charges against you. For more information, contact an experienced Gainesville DUI attorney today. Call Jeffrey Meldon & Associates at their toll free number, 800-373-8000.

Remember, the only sure way of avoiding the lifelong consequences of a DUI conviction is to not drink and drive!

However, if it is too late, do not make another mistake – hire an experienced DUI/DWI attorney to represent you and do it ASAP, don’t wait! You can contact us today at 800-373-8000.

The experienced Trial Attorneys at Meldon Law are dedicated to preserving the rights of the accused.


Pictured above – Dan Weisman, Jeffrey Meldon, and Carey Meldon have a combined 60 years of legal experience representing people in Gainesville, Florida and Alachua County, Florida accused of DUI/DWI and other criminal charges. They wrote the DUI Guide for Alachua County – Ways to Possibly Avoid a DUI Charge or Conviction. Request your free copy today.


This free no obligation book, written by a team of experienced DUI defense criminal trial attorneys, gives insight into what a DUI charge is, ways the State can prove the charge, and possible legal defenses.

Being charged and convicted of DUI is best avoided by not drinking and driving! This book also gives information on what it takes to be over the legal limit, how alcohol affects the body, plus much, much more!

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