Thanks to Florida’s implied consent law, you are required to submit to a chemical test if you are pulled over under suspicion of drunk driving. If you refuse to submit to a test in conjunction with a driving under the influence arrest, you could be facing additional criminal consequences versus the traditional consequences of a DUI.

The way that current law is written, refusing to submit to a chemical test has fewer legal consequences than those associated with a DUI conviction. For example, if you refuse to submit to a test during your first DUI arrest, you will face a license suspension of one year. If you are convicted of DUI, you are subject to a fine, jail time, community service and more.

At first thought, you may think that it is a good idea to refuse to submit to a breath test and lose your license instead. Think again before you make your decision. If you refuse to submit to a chemical test, you can still be convicted of DUI. This is where many people go wrong. You are not protecting yourself from a DUI conviction simply because the arresting officer does not have a number to give the court. There could very well be other evidence against you.

If you have already been pulled over and chose to refuse a chemical test, you need to speak with an experienced attorney immediately. Your refusal may work in your favor, then again, it may not. Only an attorney with knowledge of DUI law can assist you.

If you need a criminal defense lawyer in Orlando, reach out to our offices today. A member of our team will review the details of your arrest and advise you how to best proceed. Whether or not you refused to submit to a chemical test, we can help you. Call now  for a free initial case evaluation and the best advice we can give you.

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