When the officer who stopped you asked for a Breathalyzer test, you were insulted. You already told them that you hadn’t been drinking, but they insisted that you take the test to prove it. Out of pure frustration, you rejected their request.
They ended up arresting you, and your license was suspended. Now, you’re concerned about what to do. You’re facing a DUI, and you hadn’t been drinking at all.
If you refused a Breathalyzer test, you may have to fight for your license
Did you know that you granted the police the right to ask for a breath test when you accepted your driver’s license? Consent to the test is one condition attached to retaining your license.
Implied consent is an important part of the law, and it is one aspect that many people don’t understand. Driving is not a right; it’s a privilege. As a result, you’ll lose your driving privileges in exchange for refusing the test.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that around 20% of alleged drunk drivers refuse to take a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test. Refusing a test when you know that you’re not intoxicated is a bad idea because you could face a DUI you don’t deserve, end up losing your license, have to pay fines and waste your time. Refusing a Breathalyzer test normally results in serious consequences.
What should you do now?
Even if you refused to take a BAC test, you can fight against losing your license. Your attorney will look into the situation and work to negotiate a fair outcome for you that protects your rights and privileges.