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If I get pulled over after I’ve been drinking, should I take the field sobriety tests? Not many people realize that evidence that you refused your field sobriety tests is not admissible in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. People are often told that if they “just get out of the car and do these tests, you can go home after you show me that your OK to drive”. It is not the police officer’s duty to inform yo of this and they rarely, if ever do. Although you may do well on these tests and be sent on your way, in many cases people don’t do so well on these tests, only adding harmfull evidence of your poor performance on these tests to the Commonwealth’s case against you. If you refuse the tests, you will likely be arrested, but you generally will have a stonger OUI case to defend without the evidence from the Field Sobriety tests. 

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