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Weigh your options regarding breath test refusal

We recently discussed the penalties that you face if you refuse to take a breath test during a traffic stop for suspicion of drunk driving. These penalties are serious, but they are the reality that you face if you don't take the breath test. This does bring up an important point.

Refusing a breath test comes with steep penalties

Refusing a breath test when you are pulled over for drunk driving is your right. This doesn't mean that refusal comes without a consequence. In fact, the implied consent law means that when you got your driver's license, you agreed to take breath tests when one was requested or else you would face penalties.

Learn how to answer matters based on breath test refusal

We recently discussed your rights for handling a request from a law enforcement officer to get a sample for a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test. This provided you with some very important information. In a nutshell, you have the right to refuse to take a breath test, but that refusal comes with consequences. Sadly, the consequences of refusal apply even if it comes to light that you weren't intoxicated.

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.

What is a route restricted license?

A route restricted license allows someone whose license has been suspended to drive to and from his or her place of education, education, Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program classes or a court ordered drug program. It is only for those who have a non-commercial license and it is for the length of the driver's license suspension.

Do I have to take a breath test if I'm asked to do so?

There are several different methods that law enforcement officers can use to determine if a person has been drinking and driving. One of the options that is available is the breath test, which is commonly referred to as the Breathalyzer. This test helps to determine what your blood alcohol concentration is at the time of the traffic stop.

What are implied consent laws?

When you get pulled over by a police officer, the officer will usually look for signs of intoxication. If the signs appear to be there, then the officer will request that you take a breathalyzer test. This test will reveal your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). "Implied consent laws" come into play when drivers refuse to take a BAC breathalyzer test.

What you must know about refusing a breath test

You always have a right to refuse a breath test if you are pulled over for a DUI. However, some people throw this information around as if refusing will get you out of the whole thing without any penalty, and this is not the case. If you have been told never to take breath tests, there are a few things that you should know about exactly what this refusal is going to mean.

Mayor arrested after refusing to take a breath test

Many South Carolina readers were surprised to learn that the mayor of a South Carolina town was arrested last month and charged with drinking and driving. Although the arrest took place in late November, news reports did not surface until well into December. According to police records, McColl Mayor George Ray Grier was arrested and charged with driving under the influence after refusing to take a breath test.

Free agent Tyler Thigpen refuses breath test in South Carolina

Many people wonder about the lives of football players and other pro athletes. Some seem to have more money than they know what to do with, and their glamorous lives and families frequently attract media attention. Unfortunately, former NFL quarterback and current free agent Tyler Thigpen is receiving media attention for a recent DUI arrest and refusing a breath test in South Carolina.

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