What if you say “no” to when the police ask you to take a chemical
test? While it’s perfectly understandable not to want to provide the
police with evidence against you, refusing to take a chemical test is
also against the law. In order to get your license, you have to give
consent to take a breath, blood or urine test at any time if a police
officer suspects you of DWI. Simply by putting your keys in the
ignition and turning on your car, you agreed to take a breath test if
stopped. You can withdraw your consent, but if you do, you will face
the following penalties:
- Your license will be suspended for at least one year for the first
offense. If you violate the implied consent law again within the next 5
years, your license will be suspended for 18 months.
- Penalties: a $500 civil penalty on the first offense and a $750
penalty on the second offense.