What Happens If I Refuse A Blood Test Or Breathalyzer In Arizona?
If you are stopped for suspicion of drunk driving in Arizona, the officer will likely request that you submit to a Breathalyzer, blood test or some other type of chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). While you are within your legal rights to refuse the test if the officer doesn’t have a warrant, doing so can come with extremely severe consequences.
Under Arizona’s implied consent law, you agree to, among other things, submit to a BAC test upon the request of a law enforcement official. The moment you say “no,” you are in violation of the implied consent law, and your license can be automatically suspended for one year. In addition, your refusal to take the test can be used as evidence against you.
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At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, in Phoenix, we defend clients against all types of drunk driving charges. We have extensive experience with these matters, and we work hard to protect your rights. When you choose our firm, we conduct a thorough investigation so that we can present the most compelling possible defense on your behalf.
It is important to note that law enforcement officials can ask the court to issue a warrant for a blood sample in drunk driving investigations. If the officer obtains a warrant in your case, it will likely allow for a sample to be taken forcibly if necessary. So, while it is possible for you to initially refuse a BAC test, law enforcement has other options to obtain the evidence they need.