DWI Breath & Blood Tests
Salisbury DWI Attorney Helping You Understand Your Rights
If you have been arrested for a
DWI, knowing your rights can help you feel a little more at ease as the case
proceeds. Contacting my firm,
William R. Hall, P.A., can put you in touch with a
criminal defense attorney dedicated to protecting your rights in the face of a DUI charge.
Request a free initial consultation today.
What to Expect if You've Been Pulled Over for a Suspected DWI
A breath test is administered either at the time you are pulled over, or
at the station. You will be asked to blow into a device that registers
your blood alcohol content levels (BAC). Blood tests measure the same
information through a sample of your blood.
We can give you important information regarding your DWI arrest, including:
- Whether or not you have to submit to a breathalyzer
- Your rights regarding the results of your blood test
- Consequences for a DWI conviction
- Consequences for a breathalyzer refusal
- Requirements for requesting administrative hearings to contest your charges
- The implications of the results of your breathalyzer or blood tests for your case
Your Rights & the Breath Test in Maryland
An officer who has good reason to suspect you are driving while intoxicated
can ask you to take a breath, blood, or urine test in the state of Maryland.
If you are asked to take a test, you are allowed to
refuse, although you should know that there are consequences accompanying a refusal.
If you refuse the
field sobriety test, the officer will likely take you to the station to conduct the official
sobriety tests. If you refuse to take the tests at the station, your license
will be automatically suspended for 120 days. Should this happen to be
your second DWI arrest, and you refuse the tests, your license will be
suspended for a year.
Contesting Breath or Blood Test Results
In short, it's not usually in your best interest to refuse the test,
though you are certainly within your legal rights if you choose to refuse.
As your attorney, I can challenge the results of a blood or a breath test
through examining the way the test was administered, the reasons the officer
pulled you over, and through careful inspection of any other medication
you may have been on at the time.
Request a personalized consultation for your specific case by calling my
firm today. I am the trusted Salisbury DWI attorney who aggressively protects
your rights through every DWI charge.