You had a few too many before getting behind the wheel, and you knew there would be trouble when the police lights flickered behind you as you drove. You stopped. While speaking with the officer, they asked you if you’d take a Breathalyzer test, because they smelled alcohol.

What should you do now? You know that you have alcohol in your system, so would it be better to refuse to provide a breath sample?

The reality is that you have already given your implied consent for the test by accepting a license and driving in the States. If an officer asks you to provide a sample, you need to tell them you want to speak to your attorney. You can refuse, but if you do, you will face penalties.

If you decide not to take the test, you could face significant penalties such as:

  • Having your vehicle impounded
  • Fines
  • Jail time
  • Trouble if you have subsequent offenses down the line
  • A licenses suspension of up to 18 months

These are just the legal consequences. You can also face issues in your personal life as a result. For instance, if you lose your license, then you may not be able to get to work. If you are in jail, you could lose your job because of being unable to come to work. Fines could impact your finances, even if you don’t lose your job.

All of these issues could happen if you don’t take a strong stance and defend yourself. Our website has more on what to do if you’ve been accused of drinking and driving and then refused to take a Breathalyzer test. There may be options to help reduce the impact of your arrest on your life.