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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.

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.

Implied consent laws could cost you your license

There are several tests to which you might be asked to submit if an officer in Arizona needs to determine whether you are intoxicated. These can range from field sobriety tests, to breath tests and can even include the acquisition of a blood sample. As we have seen before, you do not have to submit to these tests. However, refusing to do so can have legal repercussions.

A Breathalyzer test is just one part of a DUI investigation

It can be difficult to know what to do in the face of a drunk driving investigation. The stress and pressure of being pulled over and questioned can impede your decision making and even your performance in field sobriety tests. On top of this, you may be asked to submit to a Breathalyzer test. However, depending on the circumstances, you might be worried about the results. We have discussed in a previous article the potential consequences of refusing such a test. However, whether you decide to take it or not, it can still be possible to build a successful defense.

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