What Happens if I Refuse a Breath Test in Florida?
If you are a Florida driver who has been pulled over on suspicion of DUI, you are likely afraid of incriminating yourself by submitting to a breathalyzer test. However, while this may seem like the right decision at the time, it may actually result in a number of severe penalties you don’t want to face. Because of Florida’s implied consent law, all drivers have essentially agreed to submit to an approved chemical or physical test the moment they get behind the wheel.
If you refuse to take a blood, urine, or field sobriety test, the consequences will vary depending on your specific circumstances. If this is your first offense, you may face a one year suspension of your license. The situation only worsens if your license has been suspended prior, particularly if this is your second or third offense. Refusal to submit to a test may result in an 18-month license suspension, or even jail time.
As you can see, avoiding these penalties is paramount, as there is so much at risk when facing DUI. However, if you have already refused a BAC test and don’t know how to combat the penalties you are now facing, our legal team may be able to find a solution specific to your case. We can determine whether the arrest was unlawful or made without probably cause, as well as whether you were stopped without reasonable suspicion.
Contact Our Miami Criminal Defense Attorneys Today
If you are facing DUI charges and don’t know who you can trust to supply you with the guidance, counsel, and representation you need, look no further than Hager & Schwartz, P.A. Our Miami criminal defense lawyers have seen a multitude of DUI charges be reduced or dropped thanks to our relentless dedication to our clients’ success. We are tenacious, experienced, and aggressive in our pursuit of justice on your behalf--allow us to fight for you.
Interested in scheduling an initial consultation with a member of our legal team? Don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (305) 330-1360.