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Do I Have to Submit to a Breath Test?

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) 666-1068.