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Defending Your Rights After You Refuse A Breathalyzer Test

At the law firm of MacDowell Law Group, P.C., our lawyers represent clients who have refused to submit to a breath test after being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Sometimes, our clients tried to blow into the breath machine but were unable to, and some officers were quick to presume lack of cooperation, resulting in a refusal charge. Other times, a DUI suspect may simply decline to submit to BAC testing. Either way, a refusal charge adds a significant factor to the DUI prosecution. The potential consequences for refusing a breath test are severe. That is why it is important to have experienced legal counsel in your corner if you are facing these charges.

If you refused to submit to the EC/IR II breath testing machine (or, in some cases, a blood test) after being arrested for a DUI or DWI, you need qualified legal representation right away. Reach our Fairfax office by calling 571-748-5647 today. Our firm offers FREE initial consultations in cases alleging drunk driving.

Breath Test Refusal Penalties

Even if you have been arrested for a first-offense DUI/DWI, the penalties for refusing a breath test are serious. If convicted of refusal to submit to breath or blood testing first offense, your driver’s license will be suspended for one year, and you cannot obtain a restricted license during that time period. Subsequent refusal convictions will lead to a three-year suspension of your driver’s license, up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

All driver’s license suspensions are in addition to any suspension that results from a drunk driving conviction, which means it may be years before you can exercise your driving privileges. In addition, a breath test refusal can be used as evidence at your DUI/DWI trial.

We Have Decades Of Criminal Defense Experience

When it comes to breath test refusal charges, the odds seem stacked against you. That is why it is important to have experienced legal defense from the attorneys at MacDowell Law Group, P.C. Principal attorney Richard MacDowell is a former Virginia prosecutor with years of legal experience. He understands how the other side operates.

Whether you were stopped at a sobriety checkpoint, on the highway, or were involved in an accident, our criminal defense lawyers will analyze the facts of your case and develop a strategy designed to help minimize the negative consequences of your criminal charges.

Time Is Critical When You Have Been Arrested. Get Help Today.

Protect your rights and your freedom with quality legal representation. Contact us online or over the phone at 571-748-5647 to schedule your FREE initial consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.