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If BAC is rejected in court, other tests may still prove DUI

Before a police officer can perform a test to determine a person's blood alcohol concentration, the officer must have a suspicion that the person may be intoxicated. Asking the driver to perform certain tests is the most common way for an officer to confirm that suspicion. While the BAC may tell the level of intoxication a person has reached, the Standard Field Sobriety Tests typically confirm that a person in Tennessee is intoxicated before any blood is drawn or Breathalyzer administered.  

Blood alcohol content and your rights in Tennessee

The penalties for drunk driving in Tennessee are steep, and it is important for those facing charges to protect their rights by understanding the factors involved in their case. Blood alcohol content (BAC) is the measure used to determine how much alcohol is in a person's system and could be grounds for an arrest if it is measured at .08 percent or higher. In some cases, a driver could face charges even if the BAC level is lower than .08 percent.

Were you arrested after a failed sobriety test?

Field sobriety tests are commonly used by law enforcement officers to determine if a driver is likely under the influence or drugs or alcohol and should be tested further. Despite their commonality, the results of these tests could be misinterpreted by a police officer. If you believe that your rights were violated during the administration of a field sobriety test or after a failed sobriety test, we can help. 

Failed sobriety test leads to arrest and DUI charge

A Tennessee mother has recently been arrested for drug possession and DUI after a law enforcement officer noticed suspicious behavior at a rest stop. The officer claims that the woman showed physical signs of substance use, and she was arrested after a second failed sobriety test. At the time of the arrest, the woman had her children in the car, who are currently safe. 

What does a failed sobriety test mean for your future?

An arrest for drunk driving can lead to a series of unfortunate consequences, including time in jail, fines and other penalties. If convicted of drunk driving, the defendant may find that it affects employment, reputation and may also impact other various areas of life. For many Tennessee individuals who are arrested for drunk driving, the trouble begins with a failed sobriety test.

A failed sobriety test will lead to arrest, even for boaters

During the summer months, there is usually an increase in drunk driving arrests as more people are driving and traveling. However, Tennessee readers should note that not only will drunk driving result in an arrest, but drunk boating will as well. In fact, authorities will be patrolling waterways over the summer, executing sobriety tests for boaters who are suspected to be drunk. As on land, a failed sobriety test on the water will lead to an arrest. 

Can you contest a failed sobriety test?

After a stop for suspected drunk driving, a driver will likely be asked submit to a series of tests administered by law enforcement in order to determine the potential impairment of a driver. A failed sobriety test can ultimately result in arrest and charges of drunk driving. As with any test subject to human error, it is possible that these test results may be incorrect.

Failed sobriety test leads to DUI arrest and other charges

A Tennessee man was arrested after a law enforcement officer pulled him over for making an illegal turn on Interstate 40. Upon approaching the vehicle and speaking with the driver, the officer reports that the man had blood-shot eyes and was displaying behavior that is often associated with intoxicated driving. After a failed sobriety test, the driver was arrested. 

BAC levels and drunk driving penalties

BAC levels, or blood alcohol concentration levels, indicate the amount of alcohol in a driver's bloodstream. Law enforcement officers administer certain tests to determine the BAC levels of a driver. In Tennessee, a BAC of .08 percent or higher is considered drunk driving and is grounds for arrest. However, there are certain circumstances in which a driver could be arrested for a lower BAC. 

How to challenge a failed sobriety test

If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is likely because of a failed sobriety test, probably administered during the course of a traffic stop. A drunk driving conviction can have a long-term impact on your life, so it is important to approach these types of charges seriously by enlisting the help of a drunk driving attorney. It is possible that there were issues with your arrest, and you may be able to challenge the failed sobriety test. 

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