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Refusal to Take a Breathalyzer

In almost every incident where a driver is stopped under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or another substance, the officer will request that the driver blow into a device often referred to as a “Breathalyzer”. This device attempts to measure the driver’s blood alcohol content in order to give the police officer and courts a conclusive piece of evidence that demonstrates the driver’s intoxication level. However, you are not legally required to blow into these devices, despite the pressure that an officer may put on you to do so.

If you or a loved one have been pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol and have refused to comply with the officer’s demand to take a breathalyzer test, contact Rhode Island DUI attorney Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 for the aggressive and effective representation you need.

Consequences of Refusing to Take a Breathalyzer

Refusing to take a breathalyzer is not an admission of guilt: a citizen could be driving without a trace of alcohol in his or her system and simply refuse to take a breathalyzer out of respect for his or her own civil liberties. Despite this, in many jurisdictions, refusing to blow into a breathalyzer device is considered an implicit admission of guilt and may be grounds for having your driver’s license suspended. However, an experienced Rhode Island DUI defense attorney can fight for your case in court.

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If you or someone you know has been stopped for driving while intoxicated and refused to blow into a blood alcohol testing device, contact Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384, regardless of whether or not you believe you may have been intoxicated at the time. We will evaluate your case and aggressively fight for your rights.