Contact Our Mesa DUI Attorney to Learn More about Your Rights
When you are pulled over for driving under the influence (DUI) in Arizona, the arresting officer will typically conduct one or several tests to determine whether or not you are impaired. He or she may conduct a field sobriety test and, in most cases, will have you blow into a breathalyzer, which can detect your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In some, rarer instances, an officer can apply for a warrant to conduct a blood test in order to determine your BAC. This may occur if you refuse the breath test.
For more information regarding your rights, or if you believe you have grounds to challenge a breath or blood test, contact our Mesa DUI defense attorney for a free consultation. At Naegle Law Firm, we have the skill, knowledge, and legal experience to fight for you.
Get in touch with us today at (480) 245-5550 or submit an online contact form.
Can You Refuse a Breath Test in Arizona?
When you receive your Arizona driver’s license, you give implied consent to comply with chemical testing after being pulled over or lawfully stopped for DUI. If you refuse to submit to a breath test at the scene, your driver’s license will be suspended for a period of 12 to 24 months beginning 15 days after the arrest. If you wish to stop the suspension of your license, you will need to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within those 15 days. Additionally, if you refuse to take a breath test, the officer may be granted an order to use your blood for testing.
Grounds for Challenging Breath/Blood BAC Tests
There are several ways in which your attorney can help you challenge the suspension of your license or the results of a breath or blood test.
Some of these include:
- Proving that the arresting officer did not have just cause to pull you over for DUI
- Disproving the officer’s statement that you refused a breath/blood test
- Demonstrating that you were not provided with the proper warnings and/or notice of license suspension
- Showing that a breath or blood test was not done in compliance with the law or was mishandled
- Proving that the breathalyzer was not properly calibrated prior to the test
- Proving that required procedures for collecting, storing, testing, and analyzing a blood sample were not followed
Our Mesa DUI attorney can help you develop a strategy aimed at securing the best possible outcome for your case. We understand what is at stake, and we are here to fight for you. With more than 13 years of experience, we know how to defend you even in the face of seemingly significant evidence.
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