1. Do the roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Test

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What are my rights if the police think I’ve been taking drugs and driving?
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1. Do the roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Test

You must do a roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Test when the police demand one. You don’t have the right to talk to a lawyer before taking the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. You don’t have the right to refuse a Standardized Field Sobriety Test.

Refusing to do a roadside Standardized Field Sobriety Test is a criminal offence. If you refuse to do the test, the police will charge you with failure to comply with a demand. A court will decide whether you had a reasonable excuse for refusing. It’s hard to show a reasonable excuse. If the police ask for a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, it's best to do the test.

If you fail the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, the police can demand that you go to the police station for drug evaluation tests.

Reviewed: October 31, 2016

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