Refusing to Take a Breathalyzer Test
Being pulled over for drunk driving is a nerve-wracking experience. Your mind is probably racing — will I lose my job? What about my license? How much will this all cost? — but it is always important to maintain composure in this situation. Refusing to take a breathalyzer test is always an option, but you should be aware of the consequences in doing so first.
Refusing to Take a Breathalyzer Test | Repercussions
The repercussions of refusing to take a breathalyzer test when you are pulled over by a police officer will be an automatic suspension of your license for one year. There’s also a fine of $500 on a first offense, and $750 on a second offense. If you refuse to take the breathalyzer test, your license will be taken away from you immediately, even before a trial or a plea is taken in open court.
While there are some benefits to not submitting to a breathalyzer test, there are also a few defenses we could use in court that could negate the results of a breathalyzer test. After a drunk driving arrest, your first call needs to be to your attorney to discuss the best options for you.
Refusing to Take a Breathalyzer Test | Cooperating with the Police
If you are pulled over for a suspected DWI, always remember that the police officer is just doing their job. Make sure to comply with any of the officer’s requests. You have to acknowledge if you have been drinking but try to avoid any admission of how much you have had to drink.
In the heat of the moment, it may be hard to maintain composure. Follow the officer’s requests to the best of your abilities and never lose hope that an experienced lawyer can help you in the long run. At the Law Offices of Randy H. Gugino, we have been able to successfully defend countless drunk driving cases. Contact us today to protect your future.