Initial Refusal of Sobriety Tests

Public service announcements and alcohol education classes serve to teach people on the dangers of drunk
driving and the consequences they may face if they are stopped on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle
under the influence of alcohol. While most of the information available is helpful and may be useful
if the person is ever in the situation, some of it may be confusing and may lead to more trouble down
the road.

If you have been arrested for DWI or DUI, it is important to consult an experienced DWI attorney to
defend your rights and your livelihood. For more information on DWI and your defense, contact Dallas
DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

What Happens If I Refuse a Sobriety Test?

Some people will argue that the best thing to do when pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving is to
refuse to submit to field sobriety tests or a breathalyzer test, reasoning that it is easier to fight
the charges if there are no negative test results on record. Unfortunately, persons who refuse a sobriety
test may be:

  • Arrested and booked on suspicion of drunk driving
  • Face and Administrative License Revocation hearing to determine whether you may keep your driver’s license
    or not
  • May lose driving privileges for up to a year for refusal of the test
  • Implied consent laws may force persons to submit to chemical testing, even without their verbal consent

In most cases, persons who initially refuse to submit to testing cannot change their minds and decide
to submit to testing after they have been arrested. In such cases, the person will usually be charged
for his or her initial refusal.

Contact Us

If you or someone you love has been charged with DWI, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark
T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your legal options.


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