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Louisiana DUI Defense Attorney
Refusing a DUI Test in Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, & Ruston, LA
As part of Louisiana’s “Implied Consent” law, if arrested for DUI, the driver can be asked to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test if the arresting officer has probable cause of you driving while under the influence. The officer involved decides which test you must take.
What to do if Arrested for DUI
If placed under arrest after being stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence, the police officer is required to read your Miranda rights. These rights are constitutionally protected under Miranda v. Arizona 234 U.S. 436. This court case determined that:
- You have the right to remain silent
- Anything you say can be used against you in court
- You have the right to have an attorney represent you
- You have the right to have the court appoint an attorney if you can’t afford one
What are the Consequences of Refusal?
One consequence for refusing a DUI test in the state of Louisiana is the stripping away of your license. As you can see below, the length of the suspension times compounds for each refusal you make.
- First refusal: One-year suspension
- Second refusal and on: Two-year suspension.
Get Help with Your DWI
If arrested on a DUI charge in Louisiana, seek representation from an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible. Because DUI convictions carry severe consequences like jail time, fines, and a permanent blemish on your record it’s important to not fight it on your own.
The John G. & Eric D. Johnson Law Firm has a team of Louisiana DUI lawyers with years of practice in these types of cases. Retain one of our attorneys to protect not just your reputation, but your future. Call us today at (318) 377-1555 for a free case evaluation by one of our experienced criminal defense teams to figure out the best legal options available to you.