What If I Refuse To Take A Blood Or Breath Test?
When arrested for DUI and asked to take a blood or breath test, if you refuse you could face some serious consequences.
The California “Implied Consent” law states that:
“A person who drives a motor vehicle is deemed to have given his or her consent to chemical testing of his or her blood or breath for the purpose of determining the alcoholic content of his or her blood, if lawfully arrested for an offense allegedly committed in violation of Section 23140, 23152, or 23153.” See related: California’s DUI Implied Consent Laws.
Refusal to take a blood or breath test following an arrest for DUI can be construed as an admission of guilt and if you refuse to take the breath or blood test you will lose your license for a year, even if the test turns out to be negative. You should discuss the matter with a skilled DUI defense lawyer who knows the laws and how they will be applied to your circumstances.
There are avenues one can approach in defending an individual who has refused a blood or breath test upon their DUI arrest. For instance, the arresting officer would have to show that they had “reasonable suspicion” that you were in fact driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
In addition to the proof necessary to justify that a stop for DUI was warranted, how the officer handled the arrest, and what was said or not said can play an important role in the outcome of your court appearance.
Experienced DUI Defense Lawyer In Los Angeles
Cron, Israel & Stark have the experience you need to investigate the details that matter in the defense of your case. In your initial free consultation, an experienced DUI defense lawyer will review the details with you and help you to map out achieving the best outcome possible. Our office has the experience to do what we can to protect you throughout your case and will do everything possible to aggressively pursue avenues of defense.
Refusing a blood or breath with a DUI arrest takes knowledge and skill to defend. Contact Cron, Israels & Stark for a thorough review of the issues that can assure you the most favorable outcome possible.