Can I Refuse To Take a Breathalyzer Test In Maryland?
May 11th, 2020
There are few things more frightening than being pulled over for driving under the influence. Because of this, many individuals who are stopped will simply refuse to take a breathalyzer or blood test. Unfortunately, this usually will not work in your favor. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney to learn more about refusing to submit to chemical testing and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What is Maryland's Implied Consent Law?
Maryland's implied consent law states that all those who operate motor vehicles in Maryland automatically consent to a test of their breath or blood. That being said, this only applies if the driver is legally detained for the suspicion of intoxicated driving.
What happens if I refuse to take a breathalyzer test in Maryland?
If you are convicted of refusing to submit to testing in Maryland, you will most likely face a wide array of consequences. First, you can expect that your license will be suspended. From the moment you refuse the breathalyzer, you will have your license seized by the officer, and your license will then be replaced with a temporary 10-day license. From here, if you wish to fight the suspension, you will have 10 days to request a hearing. If you cannot prove that the suspension was unlawful in some way, you will most likely lose your license for 270 days. That being said, if this is your second offense, you will most likely lose your license for 2 years.
Furthermore, for refusing to submit to testing, you will most likely have to install and use the Ignition Interlock Device for at least one year. In all, receiving a license suspension for any period of time can drastically affect the quality of your life, and a DWI will stay on your record for years. That is why it is so critical that if you are charged with refusing to submit to chemical testing, you must retain the services of an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Speak with our knowledgeable firm today to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process ahead.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
Here at the Ruben Law Firm, we understand how much your legal situation means to you. That is why we pledge to provide you with the personalized attention you deserve, every step of the way. Our firm is more than happy to assist you through matters of personal injury law, bankruptcy, family law, criminal defense, and estate planning. Attorney Ruben has helped clients achieve favorable results in a wide array of legal matters for years, and he is ready to do the same for you. Simply contact the Ruben Law Firm today.
Categories: Criminal Defense