Blood and Breath Test Refusals

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

In Atlanta, police officers pull a large number of drivers over each week for DUI. After an Atlanta driver is stopped for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the officer usually asks the driver a bunch of questions and to take some field sobriety tests. If the officer is dissatisfied with the driver's performance, he or she will usually want to conduct a chemical test of some type. This is a test of your blood, breath, or urine that measure the amount of alcohol in your system.

Before giving a test like this, the Atlanta police officer must read you what is known as the "Implied Consent" notice. Implied Consent basically means that by virtue of having driving privileges in Georgia, you have agreed to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test. If you decline such testing, it is called a Refusal. The consequence for a refusal is a one year suspension of your driver's license with no limited driving permit available. Not being able to drive for a year can be the worst aspect of a DUI for many people.

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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