Providence Attorney for Breathalyzer & Chemical Test Refusals
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In Rhode Island, refusing a breathalyzer or chemical test following a DUI arrest is a punishable offense. Refusing a breath test can expose a person to a driver's license suspension. Fortunately, a highly knowledgeable Rhode Island DUI attorney from the Law Office of Jason Knight can defend you against these consequences and advocate for a dismissal or reduction or your charges.
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What Is “Implied Consent?”
Like many other states, Rhode Island has an implied consent statute in place regarding chemical tests. In other words, if you have been issued a Rhode Island driver’s license, you have already consented to take any chemical test that a police officer should request in the event that you are lawfully arrested. Officers can request up to two blood, breath, or urine tests to measure your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), and they must be completed as soon as possible after your arrest. If you refuse, you will be subject to various penalties under state law.
What are the Penalties for Refusing a Breathalyzer or Chemical Test?
Refusing a breathalyzer or chemical test can bring the following penalties:
- License suspension
- Community service
- Expensive fines
- Mandatory drug/alcohol treatment
- Possible jail time
These penalties will vary depending on how many refusals a person has on their record. For example, while a first refusal can result in only a six month license suspension and up fines up to $500, a third refusal can bring a license suspension up to five years, 100 hours of community service, a $1,000 fine, and stint in jail.
Our Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Is Ready to Defend You
If you are facing charges for a breathalyzer or chemical test refusal, our breathalyzer refusal attorney can help you create a strong defense that seeks to minimize the negative impact of these charges. Our firm’s lawyer understands the law intimately, and we can use our extensive knowledge to negotiate for a desirable outcome on your behalf. We know your rights, and we know how to get the results you need.
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