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Refusing a breath test could cost you your license

For many residents of Arizona, their car is essential. Everyday trips suddenly become far more time-consuming without the use of a private vehicle, and the cost of using public transport can soon mount up. Unfortunately, it is all too easy to lose your driver's license and often expensive and difficult to regain it.

Refusing a breath test is not always the right choice

Every year in Arizona, countless drivers are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Some do not realize that they are over the limit. Others may not have been drinking at all. Whatever the case, if you appear to be driving erratically, there is a chance that you may be pulled over and asked to submit to a series of tests to determine your blood alcohol concentration.

A good defense can counter a breath test result

If you are pulled over in Arizona and you know you have been drinking, you may be worried about the potential consequences of submitting to a breath test. After all, if your blood alcohol concentration is over the legal limit of 0.08 percent, you could be charged with drunk driving. However, you may also know that refusing such a test can result in the suspension of your driver's license, which could be extremely inconvenient.

Breathalyzers must conform to certain standards

If you have ever been investigated for drunk driving in Arizona, the chances are that you will have been asked to submit to a breath test. Of course, you do have the option to refuse to participate in such a test. However, because of implied consent laws, this could result in the suspension of your driver's license. Even so, there are cases where this may be preferable to submitting to a test as you might be worried about the consequences of the results.

Is it possible to beat a breath test?

Many drivers in Arizona have been stopped at one time or another by officers enforcing the rules of the road. Often they may only need to perform a few checks then let you go on your way. However, if you are impaired by alcohol, you could be faced with criminal charges. In order to determine whether you are intoxicated, officers are likely to ask you to submit to several tests. Failing these tests may imply that you are intoxicated, leading to your arrest.

Refusing a breath test might not save you from being charged

As most drivers in Arizona know, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration while operating a vehicle is 0.08 percent. If you are found to be driving with a BAC that is equal to or greater than this, then you may be charged with drunk driving. This in turn could result in the suspension of your license and a lengthy investigative process at the end of which you could face fines or even a prison sentence.

Why might you choose to refuse a breath test?

If you are involved in an accident in Arizona, or you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, this could be the beginning of a long investigation process. The chances are that you will be asked to submit to a number of tests. This can include participating in field sobriety tests and may also involve being asked to blow into a Breathalyzer.

Refusing a breath test can sometimes be beneficial

For many drivers in Arizona, the thought of being pulled over by police is a daunting one. Even if you have done nothing wrong, it can be distressing to be investigated. Furthermore, you may be asked to undergo several tests that could potentially incriminate you, leaving you faced with drunk driving charges. Of course, if you are not under the influence of alcohol, the chances are that you will be fine. However these tests are not always accurate.

You may not always want to submit to a breath test

For drivers in New York, being stopped on suspicion of drunk driving is a worrying prospect. If you are found to be over the limit, you could face severe legal repercussions. However, if you refuse to submit to breath tests or other tests designed to determine your sobriety and blood alcohol concentration, you could risk the suspension of your license.

Can you be forced to submit to a breath test?

If you are suspected of drunk driving in Arizona, these is a good chance that you will be pulled over and investigated. This may involve being asked to submit to a number of different tests aimed at determining your sobriety and your blood alcohol concentration. The tests used could include a range of field sobriety tests, a Breathalyzer test and possibly even a blood draw. Samples can also be taken from other parts of the body, such as your hair, to test for other forms of intoxication.

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