Understanding the Consequences of Test Refusals

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If you are arrested in DeKalb County and you refuse to take the state administered chemical urine, blood or breath test, you may face serious consequences. If you refuse the test, you may face up to a one-year hard suspension (no restricted license) of your license. Our firm must then send a "30 day letter" in order to avoid this suspension in and save your ability to drive. If you are arrested and charged with DUI refusal you should contact a knowledgeable DeKalb County DUI lawyer immediately.

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Many people confuse the hand-held Alco-Sensor test administered on the side of the road with the official test administered at the police station or the hospital. These tests are different. You are not required to take the field sobriety breath test, but you are required to take the official test at the station or hospital. In fact, you are not required to submit to any field sobriety test when you are pulled over for DUI.

Many officers may say that you have refused the official breath test even if you have only asked a question about the test itself. Also, officers may not even ask for an official test because they do not want a potentially legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to impact their case negatively. As a result, they charge a person with refusal. Occasionally, some arrestees believe that because they are not actually drunk they should not have to submit to the official test and that the arresting officer is treating them unfairly. Again, as a result, they are charged with a refusal.

If you are ever charged with refusing a breath, blood or urine test, you should contact a DeKalb County DUI lawyer immediately.

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