What happens after refusing a chemical test?

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2024 | DWI |

It can be incredibly intimidating to see the flashing lights of a police vehicle in the rearview mirror. When making a suspected drunk driving traffic stop, Minnesota police may ask the driver to do several things, such as complete certain physical tests and possibly submit to a chemical test. It may be beneficial for a driver to know what will happen if he or she refuses and what rights a driver has during this type of interaction with police. 

The consequences of refusal 

When a driver is pulled over, police must have a valid reason to initiate the traffic stop. There are also limits to what police can do when speaking with a driver. However, if there are grounds to do so, they may ask a driver to submit to either a blood or breath test in order to determine if he or she is intoxicated. By holding a license, a driver is essentially consenting to this type of test. 

Refusal to submit will come with certain consequences. It will likely result in the immediate confiscation of your license. Additionally, the prosecution may view your refusal as an admission of guilt, which could strengthen the case against you. 

What happens next? 

Whether you refuse to submit to a chemical test or not, you will benefit from the guidance and support of an experienced Minnesota defense attorney when facing DWI charges. Your defense strategy should be uniquely tailored to your needs and the details of your specific case. An assessment of your arrest and other details will help you understand the right approach for your defense strategy. 



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