Whenever a law enforcement officer pulls over a driver under suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) or operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) they are permitted by state law to request that the driver submit to:
Breathalyzer and blood tests are utilized to determine if a driver has an illegal amount of alcohol in their blood. If the tests determine that the driver's blood alcohol content (BAC) equals or exceeds 0.08%, they can be arrested for drunk driving. However, refusing to submit to these tests can be equally damaging and lead to long-lasting penalties.
If you were arrested because you refused to take a breath test, you need a Dayton DUI lawyer from our firm on your side. With five decades of legal experience, our firm is one you can trust implicitly.
Refusal of a breath test can result in the suspension of a driver's license for up to one year through an Administrative License Suspension (ALS). There is a small window of opportunity in which the license suspension can be appealed, but if you do not act quickly, you will be unable to fight to keep your license, regardless of whether or not you are convicted of OVI or DUI.
If a driver has multiple DUI/OVI convictions and refuses a test, they can face much longer periods of license suspension, which can equal or exceed five years of suspension. The court can also order additional license suspensions of up to 10 years or a permanent revocation for multiple offenders.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, or are facing license suspension due to refusing a breath test, you must contact an experienced Dayton DUI attorney at once. With the assistance of our firm from the very start, you could prevent your license from being suspended and retain your driving privileges.
At Gounaris Abboud, LPA we have the years of experience necessary to give you an improved chance at fighting your DUI or OVI charges and preventing your license from being suspended. Call our firm today for help!