When law enforcement officials make a DUI stop and want to test your BAC (blood alcohol content), you have already given consent to be tested for alcohol under implied consent laws. When you apply for a license to drive a vehicle, you are giving your consent for allowing law enforcement officials to stop and test you for DUI violations. Refusal to comply can carry additional charges and possibly a fine or jail time in addition to the sentence handed out for the DUI conviction.
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The exact penalties will vary depending on the circumstances and individual facts of each case. But they will all be broadly classified under one of the below listed categories:
A field sobriety test is first administered, which helps the officer make a judgment about whether you are drunk. If it looks that way, they will read out the implied consent notice and ask you to take a breathalyzer test. They also have the right to take you in for blood and urine samples at a medical facility.
As a general rule, never refuse to take a blood test. However, it can be in your own interest under specific conditions. For instance, if you are going to be charged with multiple vehicular manslaughter deaths, then you may help your case by refusing blood tests.
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