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Do I have to perform the field sobriety tests when I'm pulled over for DWI in NC?

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Charlotte DWI Lawyer and Winner of The Charlotte Observer’s 2013 Best Charlotte Lawyer Award Brad Smith of Arnold & Smith, PLLC answers the question: Do I have to perform the field sobriety tests when I'm pulled over for DWI in NC?

Question: "Do I have to perform the field sobriety tests when I'm pulled over for DWI in NC?"

Brad Smith:

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects each of us against self-incrimination. You are not required to do anything that would incriminate you at a later time in court.

So the answer is, if you feel that the results of the test may help the state of North Carolina in convicting you of DWI, you do not have to do any test. And the police officer can’t make you do those tests