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Refusing a Breathalyzer Test Has its Consequences

No one should ever drive under the influence. However, since life is life, and things and parties or meetings at bars, happen, we often think we’re okay to drive. If you do drink, it is important to allot time for yourself to sober-up. Waiting an hour after each drink is, typically, a good rule to follow. If you are feeling drunk, you should not drive anywhere. “Sobering on the road” is not an option.

First off, if ever pulled over for a DUI, contact an attorney at once. Second, if you feel there’s no need to take a chemical, blood or breathalyzer test and it’s an “invasion of your privacy,” think again. Refusing to take a test can lead to a suspension of your driver’s license. Unless you are, indeed, drunk or under the influence of some substance, there will never be a sound reason to decline. Often, those who refuse a test, drive off thinking they will never be contacted by authorities, or, they can explain their refusal in court. Either way, nothing is to be gained in denying a breathalyzer or any other kind of sobriety test.

If you were 21+ at the time you were arrested, and refused any test, as a first offense, your license will be suspended for one year. So, consider this next time you feel “offended” when asked to take a test. If you are sober, you will pass. It may inconvenience you from reaching your destination, but worth avoiding a suspended license. As a second offense—refusing a test within 10 years of the first offense, results in a 2-year revocation. If you have been in a situation where you have refused to take a test when pulled over by the police, you should contact an attorney as soon as you are able.