Can You Refuse to Take a Field Sobriety Test in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, you have the right to refuse to take a field sobriety test, such as the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test, Walk and Turn test, and One-Leg Stand test, without immediate legal consequences. Field sobriety tests are typically administered by law enforcement officers during a traffic stop when they suspect a driver of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

However, it’s important to understand that refusing a field sobriety test doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t face consequences for suspected impaired driving. Law enforcement officers may still arrest you if they have probable cause to believe you are driving under the influence. If you refuse to take a field sobriety test, the officer may use your refusal as one piece of evidence to establish probable cause for the arrest.

Additionally, under Minnesota’s implied consent law, if you are arrested for suspected impaired driving, you are generally required to take a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Refusing to take a chemical test after being lawfully arrested can result in administrative penalties, including the suspension of your driver’s license and the possibility of criminal charges.

Keep in mind that the specifics of DUI laws and penalties can change, so it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney who is knowledgeable about Minnesota’s DUI laws if you find yourself in such a situation.

Who Do You Call When You’re Charged with a DWI/DUI?

If you find yourself facing a DWI arrest and charges, securing effective legal representation is crucial. The dedicated DWI defense lawyers at Anderson Law Firm in Minnesota are here to offer the legal support you require to navigate your DWI case. A DWI charge has the potential to result in job loss or difficulties in securing employment, and it may even lead to the revocation of your driver’s license. These consequences can significantly disrupt your life, making it imperative to take action.

To enhance your prospects of mounting a successful defense, don’t hesitate to reach out to Anderson Law Firm today. We invite you to engage in a no-cost consultation with one of our experienced and resourceful Minnesota criminal defense attorneys. Contact us promptly at 952-582-2904.


DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact attorney Kirk Anderson for an initial consultation.