Refusing To Give A Breath Sample Could Get You In A Lot of Trouble If You Don’t Understand


refusal to give a breath sample NJS 39:4-50.2Whenever you are pulled over for a DUI (N.J.S. 39:4-50) you do have the right to refuse the Breathalyzer test.  Even if you are in handcuffs you have the right to refuse, but it is rarely in your best interest.  A refusal to take a Breathalyzer carries is a separate charge of NJS 39:3-40.2, with it a seven-month suspension of you license for the first time, two years for the second, and ten years for the third.Lets examine the benefits of refusing to take the test.  If were drunk; and were debating about A seven month license suspension versus jail time? I’ll take the suspension.”  The problem is, you may still get both.  Just because you refuse to take the test does not mean that the prosecution will be unable to prove that you were intoxicated.  They can still discuss your behaviors and statements at the time of the event, and they can use your refusal against you.  They often times will claim that your refusal is an indication of you knowing you were guilty.  They could try to say something along the lines of, “I would refuse to take a test I knew I would fail too.”  This statement can go a long way in convincing someone of your guilt.

Regardless of the situation, your best bet is to hire a qualified, competent lawyer, and having them help you fight both the DUI (NJS 39:4-50) and the refusal (NJS 39:4-50.2) charge.  This is what they do for a living, and you are likely to get a lot of help from them, whether it be a full acquittal, or simply a less severe sentence. However, it is your right to refuse, and you always have that option.  The only thing we ask is that you fully understand the consequences of such an action.

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