If I refuse to take a breathalyzer test in Virginia, will I be convicted of DUI?

Refusing to take a breathalyzer test is an important action with potentially serious consequences. When you applied for your Virginia driver’s license, you agreed to certain things. One of those things was to comply with the requests of a police officer if you are pulled over while driving. Thus, if a police officer requests that you take a breathalyzer test and you refuse, then you may be violating the law.

If you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test in Virginia, you may be arrested. A police officer may decide to arrest you if you refuse to take the test at the scene of the accident or at the police station. The arrest and resulting criminal charges will be in addition to whatever charges you may, or may not, face for drunk driving.

Whether you have been arrested for refusing to take a breathalyzer test, or your breathalyzer test registered a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, you should contact a Fairfax DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your refusal to take a breathalyzer test at a police officer’s request may carry a fine and/or license suspension, in addition to the fine or license suspension that you potentially face for your alleged drunk driving. An experienced Fairfax DUI defense attorney can help you understand your rights, protect your rights, and fight hard for the just resolution of your case.

For more information, please contact our Northern Virginia DUI defense law firm at (703) 385-5529.