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Implied Consent

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.

 

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