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Consequences of Refusing a Sobriety Test for a DUI in California

Posted by Amy Morell | Mar 08, 2013

If you are driving erratically after dark, then you are likely to be pulled over by a police officer and be asked to submit to a sobriety test to determine whether you will be charged with a DUI or DWI offense. A refusal carries its own penalties that can compound a DUI charge and require the aid of a qualified DUI attorney.

Implied Consent

California has an implied consent law for driving a vehicle. When you get a driver's license, you sign a document that says that you will submit to a sobriety test if an officer suspects you of drunk driving. You can consult your DUI attorney regarding the penalties for refusing to submit to this test. A refusal typically leads to suspension of your driving privileges for one year for the first offense and more for multiple offenses.

Further DUI/DWI Penalties

Consequences of refusing a Sobriety Test for a DUI in California

Keep in mind that even if you aren't legally intoxicated (possessing a blood alcohol content of less than 0.08), you can still receive a DUI. There are varying degrees of DUI charges in California, and a DUI attorney can help you understand them, including how a test refusal will impact your charges.

Regardless of whether you receive a DUI or DWI, you need a DUI attorney to give you the proper legal guidance for your criminal drunk driving charge. Amy Morell Law specializes in helping individuals facing criminal charges. Attorney Amy Morell has more than 15 years of experience in DUI defense and will personally handle every aspect of your case.

For more information about Amy Morell, visit our website or call us at (877) 366-9440 to discuss your case.


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