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What happens if you refuse a breathalyzer test?

When you are enjoying a night out with your friends, the last thing you want is to end the night with criminal charges. Anyone driving through the state of South Carolina should know what the law expects from them. Not every state is the same when it comes to getting pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence.

When a driver gets pulled over by a cop, should they accept or refuse a breathalyzer test? Everyone has the right and ability to say “no” to a breathalyzer test. However, state laws place consequences on those who choose to do so.

Automatic consequences

In South Carolina, if you refuse a breathalyzer test, you’re in-state or out-of-state license is automatically suspended for six months. You can and should seek qualified legal defense in situations where your rights and privileges are at stake. Anyone with a previous DUI on their record face harsher consequences after refusing a breathalyzer test.

Analyzing the law

The law is intricate in design. Many drivers are unaware of the law and its consequences when they are pulled over for suspected DUI. However, just because you comply with a breathalyzer test doesn’t mean you deserve to be convicted of a crime. A good lawyer will analyze the law and examine the evidence against you. Oftentimes, mistakes are made, and breathalyzer tests are not always accurate.

Protecting your rights is a good investment to make. What may seem innocent at first could lead to major consequences at the end of a traffic stop. You never want to be at the mercy of a judge or officer without any legal representation for yourself.

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