Minnesota drivers must be aware of their rights and obligations when it comes to being stopped for suspicion of DWI. Under state law, drivers are supposed to submit to certain types of testing when it’s requested by a law enforcement officer. If one refuses this testing, they may have their driver’s license revoked. This can lead to problems both personally and professionally. Getting one’s license reinstated after revocation can be a lengthy and time-consuming process.
When can a license be revoked?
When someone is stopped by police under suspicion of driving under the influence, they may be asked to take a preliminary breathalyzer test (PBT) at the scene. Officers may also request a warrant to require one to submit to a blood or urine test. If someone refuses a blood test, a urine test will generally be offered as an alternative. The same rule applies if someone refuses a urine test, where a blood test will be offered instead.
If a warrant is obtained and an individual refuses both blood and urine tests, their driver’s license may be revoked. The same is also true for refusing an evidentiary breath test back at the station- note this is different than the PBT at the scene of the arrest. Refusing to comply with testing comes with various consequences which are based on other mitigating factors. The age of the individual as well as their past driving record may determine if and for how long the license is revoked.
Seek advice when facing DWI charges
Driver’s license revocation is just one of the many possible consequences of a DWI conviction. Those who are facing charges related to driving while intoxicated can benefit from seeking legal help promptly after arrest. An attorney with knowledge of Minnesota’s laws can explain one’s options and help one choose the best path forward.