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Can you refuse to take a field sobriety test in Iowa?

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2023 | Drunk Driving |

In Iowa, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are pulled over on suspicion of operating while intoxicated (OWI), the police officer may ask you to perform a field sobriety test. These tests are designed to assess your level of impairment, and they may include tests such as walking in a straight line, standing on one leg, or following a pen with your eyes.

Are they mandatory?

Field sobriety tests are not legally required in Iowa. The police cannot force you to take the test, and you have the right to refuse. However, it’s essential to understand the potential consequences of refusing to submit to these tests at the scene.

What happens if you refuse?

If you refuse a field sobriety test in Iowa, the officer may arrest you and take you to the police station for further testing. At the police station, you may be asked to take a blood, breath, or urine test to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In Iowa, you are considered to have given implied consent to these tests when you obtained your driver’s license. If you refuse to take these chemical tests, your license may be automatically suspended.

Refusing to take a field sobriety test or other chemical tests in Iowa can have serious consequences. If you are pulled over on suspicion of OWI, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney before deciding how to proceed. An experienced attorney can help you protect your rights and navigate the legal process.



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