About Refusals and Alleged Refusals
When a driver is pulled over on suspicion of DUI in Cherokee County, he or she will be asked to perform one or more field sobriety tests, as well as submit to a breath or blood test to determine the driver's blood alcohol concentration level (BAC). The officer will be looking for signs of intoxication and to see if the driver's BAC is above .08%. If the breath test shows the BAC is at or above .08%, the driver will be arrested and charged with DUI.
Georgia has an implied consent law that states all individuals suspected of driving under the influence must submit to a breath, blood, or urine test at the request of an officer. What isn't so clear about this law is that the test must be conducted at the police station. Hand-held AlcoSensor breath tests given on the side of the road are considered a type of field sobriety test, which can be refused. If an officer asked you to submit to a field sobriety test, you have every right to politely decline without facing any type of repercussions. However, if you refuse a breath, blood, or urine test, you could lose your license for up to a year, or possibly longer.
Facing DUI Charges in Cherokee County? Call Us Today!
If you have been charged with driving under the influence, regardless of whether or not you are also being charged with refusing the blood alcohol test, it's important to contact Cherokee County DUI lawyer Richard Lawson as soon as possible. Having formally worked as a DUI prosecutor and having advanced training in how to properly administer field sobriety tests, Mr. Lawson can ensure you are provided with the aggressive defense you need particularly if you are facing additional penalties for refusing the breath or blood test.
When facing DUI charges, you want to ensure you have the best defense possible. Contact a Cherokee County DUI Lawyer to learn why they should be the firm to handle your case!