Do I Have to Submit to a Breath Test?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2017 | Criminal Defense, DUI

When you are pulled over on suspected DUI, you are likely concerned about
how to handle your interaction with the law enforcement officer. It is
the police officer’s job to accurately determined whether or not
you are driving while drunk, and he or she will administer a number of
evaluations as a result. One of the foremost tests asked of you will be
a breathalyzer test, in which you will be asked to blow into a BAC reader,
which interprets how much alcohol is in your system. If you blow higher
than the legal limit, you will be arrested for DUI.

Generally speaking, it does not do you any favors to refuse a blood, breath,
or urine test during arrest. Even if you don’t take a breath test
on the spot, you will likely face a 6-month probation as well as a $300
fine, not to mention attendance in highway safety test. This is all if
it is your first offense. Additionally, a judge can sentence you to anything
he or she sees fit, including 150 hours of community service–which is
a worse consequence than a 1-year license suspension. Also, refusing may
still warrant a DUI conviction. What’s worse, the prosecution may
use your refusal against you, stating you knew you were far over the legal
limit which is why you did not comply to the test.

Contact Our Scranton Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Are you facing a DUI and don’t know where to turn for exceptional
legal counsel, care, and representation? Look no further than our legal
team at the Law Offices of William D. Thompson, where we are led by a
trusted, skilled, and experienced Scranton
criminal defense attorney. Regardless of how challenging your particular case is, we are
confident we can resolve it in an efficient and effective manner. Allow
us to be your trusted advocate and confidant during this difficult time.

Schedule an initial consultation with a member of our firm by
calling 570-846-2819.