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Consequences of refusing a breath test

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2019 | Drunk Driving

Being stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) by a police officer in Visalia, California, is a stressful situation. There’s so much riding on the traffic stop that can hurt your chances of remaining free. You will want to answer all of the questions from the officer honestly. You also might want to refrain from refusing a breath test during the traffic stop because of the following consequences.

If you choose to refuse a breath test during a traffic stop, you could face immediate jail time and even have your driver’s license suspended. These consequences could be levied against you even if it is determined that you were not under the influence at the time of the traffic stop.

The fact that you refused a breath test during a traffic stop might also be used against you should you face trial for the DUI, especially if there was an accident surrounding the circumstances. The prosecution can let the judge and jury know that you refused to comply with the officer who wanted to issue a breath test. This will not bode well for your chances at winning the case.

If you have refused to submit to a breath test, you might be forced to take one if a warrant is acquired by the prosecutor. This most often happens when the officer has plenty of evidence against you that signals you were driving while under the influence.

Now that you know the consequences associated with refusing a breath test, you can make a better decision if ever pulled over for suspicion of DUI. Remember that you have the right to speak to an attorney after your arrest.


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