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Can drivers refuse to take a breath test?

From prison time to financial penalties, life can be very difficult for those charged with drunk driving. Unfortunately, some people who are dealing with these accusations were falsely accused, while others were not aware of the laws in their state or their rights. For example, some drivers in Stamford may not know if it is against the law for them to refuse a breath test in Connecticut. Whether people need to defend themselves in court or avoid DUI-related charges in the first place, it is critical for drivers to be familiar with state laws concerning drunk driving.

When it comes to drunk driving, the laws vary in different states. According to the Connecticut General Assembly, drivers in the state provide implicit consent to be tested for alcohol or drugs when they get behind the wheel. Furthermore, those who refuse to take a breath test may face penalties, such as the suspension of their driver's license. For a first-time offense of test refusal, drivers over the age of 21 have their license suspended for six months, while third-time offenders face three years of license suspension.

If you are facing drunk driving charges, a number of factors may affect your case, from your BAC level to breath test refusal and previous convictions. The consequences of a DUI conviction are serious and it is important for people who are facing these charges to present their case properly in the courtroom.

Please keep in mind that this post is not to be taken as a substitute for legal counsel.

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