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Know your rights regarding blood alcohol concentration tests

You see the flashing lights behind you and know that you have to stop. The issue that you have now is that you know you've had a few drinks and you are worried about the Breathalyzer test. You know that you are going to have to decide how to handle the police officer's request that you submit to a test to determine your blood alcohol concentration.

The answer to this isn't one that is easy. You do have the right to refuse to take a test to determine your BAC; however, you can't do that without having to deal with the penalties that come along with it. You will face a suspension of your driver's license if you don't take the test when an officer requests that you do so.

Not only do you have to consider the effect of not taking the test, you also have to think about the consequences of taking the test. You might be worried that your BAC is going to be so high that you will face worse charges. You might be worried about facing drunk driving charges at all.

There isn't any good answer to this conundrum. Essentially, you have to decide what you are willing to deal with and go from there. Thinking about this issue now, while you are likely sober, might help you to come up with a plan of how you will handle the situation.

If you do end up refusing to take a breath test, be sure that you think about your next steps. You might find that you need to try to minimize the effects of the decision that you made. You might have options, but these come with very strict time limits.

Source: FindLaw, "Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?," accessed March 23, 2017

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