DUI convictions rates in Georgia are down, but instead of being a reason to celebrate, it might be cause for concern. It seems the decrease in convictions coincides with an increase in refusals to take field sobriety tests, the tests police use to assess a person’s inebriation and impairment while on the road. Field sobriety tests include breathalyzers and other evaluations like reciting the alphabet backward or simple activities to assess physical coordination.
In 2008, the number of people refusing to take the tests was just over 5,600; five years later, that number had nearly doubled to just over 11,400. Field sobriety tests are not only helpful in ensuring people suspected of drunk driving stay off the roads, but they’re also an important part of getting an eventual conviction on DUI charges.
Some experts believe the increase in refusals is due to widely dispersed advice from DUI attorneys who advise people not to submit to the tests. Although the field sobriety test is voluntary, refusing to take the test can result in forfeiture of the driver’s license, and it can also result in other charges being filed, such as reckless driving.
Proving Your Case, Protecting your Rights
For those who have been injured in alcohol-related accidents, the increase in refusals has proven especially problematic, since the field tests provide the evidence needed to prove DUI claims “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Simply smelling the odor of alcohol does not provide enough proof to back a conviction. As a result, those who have been injured in alcohol-related accidents can have an even more difficult time pursuing their claims and getting the compensation they deserve.
Drunk driving causes millions of dollars in injuries each year, and without adequate proof of driver culpability, victims can be left “holding the bag” when it comes to paying for their medical claims or making up for lost wages and other accident-related costs. The shift in field sobriety testing means it’s more critical than ever for accident victims to have a skilled car accident attorney on their side.
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Insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying out on accident claims, which means having an attorney with a reputation as a fair but persistent force is important in ensuring your “side” is powerfully represented. If you’ve been injured by a drunk driver or in any other type of accident, you need an attorney who understands the legal process and who understands how to work with insurance companies and their attorneys. Call the Law Offices of Roger Ghai at (770) 792-1000 and schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.