If you have been stopped by the police for a DUI you most likely were asked to give a sample of your blood or breath. The purpose of asking for a sample of your blood or breath during a DUI arrest is to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). Pennsylvania law requires a person arrested for DUI to take a chemical test of breath, blood or urine. If you didn’t take the test, you may be facing serious criminal and civil penalties.
Refusal to Submit to a Blood or Breath Test for DUIs in Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, Lancaster, Berks and Bucks County Pennsylvania
If you didn’t give DUI breath or blood at the time of your arrest, you are going to be in the tier of highest impairment if convicted of the DUI offense. That means up to 6 months of jail time, the loss of your PennDOT driver’s license for a year (and that’s just for the DUI criminal conviction; you may receive another year as a civil penalty), and up to a $5,000.000 fine . . . . and that’s for your first offense. For a second DUI conviction with a chemical test refusal, you may receive up to 60 months (5 years) in jail, the loss of your PennDOT driver license for 18 months, and a fine up to $10,000.00. The jail time, loss of PennDOT driver’s license and fines dramatically increase with a third DUI conviction.
If you submitted to the breath or blood test, please go to Breath or Blood Test.
Pennsylvania Driver’s License Suspension in Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, Lancaster, Berks and Bucks County
If you received received a Notice of Suspension from PennDOT informing you that your Pennsylvania driver’s license is going to be suspended because you refused to submit to chemical testing at the time of your DUI arrest, please go to Driver License Suspension – Breath or Blood Test Refusal.
The only way to know if your conduct was properly determined by the police to be a refusal to submit to chemical testing is to make an appointment with an experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Michelle A. Fioravanti at 484-876-1543 or contact us for a free initial consultation to learn more about breath or blood refusals. As your Pennsylvania DUI criminal defense lawyer, we will provide experienced and aggressive representation you can trust. Your DUI case is important, and it will receive the personal attention it deserves.