Rockville Implied Consent
Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring & Wheaton, Maryland
Prior to receiving your driver’s license in Maryland, one of the forms you sign states that should you be pulled over and suspected of driving while intoxicated you will submit to a breathalyzer test. This law is known as “implied consent” and is fairly common throughout the nation.
A request for a breathalyzer test generally follows a field sobriety test in which the officer is given reason to suspect impairment or intoxication. However, field sobriety tests are subjective at best and the results may be given little if any weight at trial if the tests are not properly administered.
If you refused to take a DUI test and are now facing charges, please contact the Law Office of Leon A. Geller or call 301-309-8001 today to schedule a free consultation with our Rockville, Maryland DUI defense attorney.
Penalties for Refusing to Take a Breathalyzer Test
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It is implied that you will submit to a chemical test if you are suspected of driving impaired or under the influence. While implied consent does not mean that you cannot refuse to take the test, refusal to take a breathalyzer or blood test can result in additional penalties.
Depending on your blood alcohol content, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer could result in license suspension for 120 days for a first time offender and up to one year for a subsequent offender. If you are convicted of DUI or DWI, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer can increase the fines and jail time you face. These penalties will be in addition to those for traffic violations and other potential charges.
If you are facing license suspicion for refusal to take a BAC test, you need an attorney on your side who fully understands Maryland DUI laws. Rockville DUI attorney Leon Geller not only understands these laws, but knows how to protect the rights and freedom of those charged with DUI. He would be happy to discuss your rights and answer any questions you may have during your free initial consultation.
To schedule a cost- and obligation-free consultation with our experienced Rockville DUI defense attorney, please contact us today. We serve the Rockville, Derwood, North Potomac, Darnestown, North Bethesda, Garrett Park, Kensington, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, and Wheaton areas of Maryland.