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What If I Refuse A Breathalyzer?

The consequences of refusing a Breathalyzer test are serious. In general, your driver's license will be suspended for a year for a first refusal. A second refusal will result in an 18-month license suspension. If your license is suspended, you have only 10 days to contest the suspension, so time is of the essence if you wish to try to regain your driving privileges.

Refusing a breath test is not just a way to avoid a Florida DUI conviction; it is a crime that will send you to jail right away. If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, it is important to understand your legal rights and responsibilities under the law. If you were already arrested for refusing a sobriety test, make sure you talk to an experienced attorney about your options for reaching the best possible outcome. Do not talk to law enforcement about the case until you have talked to a lawyer.

What Can I Do Now?

If you refused a breath test and you need legal advice, talk to Epstein & Robbins in Jacksonville. We understand Florida DUI law in depth, and we know exactly how law enforcement officers and courts deal with breath test refusal.

As your lawyers, we will fight hard to protect your rights and work strategically toward the best possible outcome in your case. Depending on your circumstances, this may include one or more of the following:

  • Evaluating your case carefully and explaining your rights clearly
  • Helping you request a waiver hearing and representing you at that administrative hearing
  • Getting you registered for "DUI school," which can help you obtain a hardship license
  • Contesting the license suspension in court, if appropriate
  • Negotiating with the prosecution

What if I refuse a Breathalyzer test? How will I get to work? Will I be incarcerated? Will this affect my job? These are normal questions that should be answered promptly — not by well-meaning friends or family members, but by a knowledgeable attorney.

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