Georgia DUI Field Tests/ State DUI Chemical Tests in Georgia
- What happens if I refuse to take a state test of my blood, breath or urine?
If you refuse, your Georgia license can be suspended for a full year! It also informs you of your right to an independent test once you take the State test(s).
- I blew into a portable breath test at the scene. Is this the State chemical test?
No, that was an alcosensor, which only is admissible to show the presence of alcohol. The state chemical tests are a breath test, an Intox 5000 machine, a blood test, or a urine test.
- Why did the police officer make me stand on one leg, walk a line, and follow his pen with my eyes?
Police use these field sobriety tests against you in court to show that you were impaired to drive. They don’t tell you that these tests are voluntary and that you do not have to take them.
- Can the police officer actually see that I am impaired to drive by watching my eyes?
Yes, of the three field tests, only the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) has been deemed scientific in Georgia. The theory behind the HGN is that a person who is impaired due to alcohol will have his/her eyes jerk (nystagmus) at certain points while following a pen or finger.