Chemical Test Refusal: Your Right, but Not Without Consequences

The state of Wisconsin has what are known as implied consent laws tied to every driver's license. This means that if you are ever pulled over for suspicion of driving while impaired, you agree to submit to sobriety testing. What happens, though, if you do refuse to take part in such testing? Chemical test refusal is your right, but it is not without its consequences.

If you are pulled over for a potential DUI and you refuse chemical testing, what will happen? You may be charged with DUI and/or unlawful refusal of testing. Both of these charges can result in jail time and the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges if you are convicted. The length of detention and license suspension will be determined based on the current statuses of both your driver and criminal records.

If you refuse testing, there are certain steps you will need to take to help avoid losing your license. In order to fight a chemical test refusal, it will be necessary to request a hearing. This will need to be done within 10 days after your arrest. To learn more about this hearing, what to expect and how and attorney can assist you, please take a moment and visit our firm's website.

Unfortunately, chemical test refusal can be difficult to fight in Wisconsin. This does not mean it is impossible. With an experienced criminal defense attorney at your side, you can take the steps necessary to contest the charges filed against you and seek the best possible outcome.