There are three main standard field or physical coordination tests that authorities will administer as to further testing. These sobriety tests will include the horizontal gaze test, the standing test, and the walking and turning test. There is no legal penalties for refusing to take these types of tests, but the officer can testify to your refusal of these tests in court. The blood test refusal does carry legal penalties and fines.
If the police officer suspects that you have been driving under the influence, then there are implied consent laws that require you to take a chemical test or blood, breath, or urine test to determine the blood alcohol content for you. The implied consent laws state by just driving the auto on the road, then you are agreeing to submit to a chemical test. The implied consent laws vary from state to state about what test is required and the best time the test should be given, but each state has them. All states require that you must take these tests.
In some states, the chemical test is given during a certain time frame and it is usually just within a few hours of the time that you were pulled over driving. Even if you decided to take the test after that time, then you may still be charged guilty of the DUI because time matters seriously in this situation and even if you cannot be charged with having the blood alcohol level over .08 percent, which is the legal limit for those 21 years of age or older, then you could still be charged with the DUI just based on the police officer’s observations recordings of the impairment.
If you have refused to take the test, then you will face serious heavy penalties and fines and worse than if you were being found guilty as the result of the test. These penalties will also vary by each state and they will include a mixture of a fines, jail time, drivers license suspension, and the required use of an ignition interlock device that must be used for starting your auto every time you plan to drive.
When your DWI or DUI case goes to trial, then the prosecution will use your refusal of testing against you. For these reasons, it will prove no good to refuse any test, because the outcome can be critical. If you have been accused of these crimes, then you would greatly benefit from seeking legal aid, advice, and representation to help reduce the fines, penalties, charges, jail time, and more. It will be well worth the price you pay for an attorney or lawyer to help you get your life back on the right track again.
When you make the first contact or call to the DUI lawyer then you will be provided a free consultation to help determine your legal needs. These attorneys charge affordable fees for their legal services and protecting your legal rights.