WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU REFUSE A BREATH TEST?

There is no easy answer to whether you should refuse a chemical test when you are arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence of drugs (DUI). You have the right to refuse these tests, but there are consequences, such as a lengthy license revocation. To learn more about your rights, you can contact me, criminal defense attorney Luigi Vigliotti, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. From my office in Garden City, New York, I can help you go through the steps to protect you and your future, whether you are in Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties), New York City, or Upstate.

Experienced Lawyer Representing You In Your Refusal Hearing

When you are arrested for DWI/DUI, a breath test refusal entitles you to a “refusal hearing.” These administrative hearings, conducted by the Department of Motor Vehicles, are separate from your criminal proceedings but can supply a wealth of information about the government’s case against you.

An experienced trial lawyer and former prosecutor, I can effectively cross-examine your arresting officer to challenge his or her findings, such as any physical evidence that you were drunk or the probable cause for your arrest. A favorable outcome in your refusal hearing could benefit your criminal case as well.

In addition to helping drivers keep their licenses, I have successfully helped many clients achieve more favorable outcomes than an outright suspension, including hardship licenses, conditional licenses and restricted licenses, which could allow you to keep driving so that you can earn a living, go to school and live your life.

Exercise Your Right To Remain Silent And Call An Attorney

A knowledgeable, skilled lawyer like me can protect your rights and address all of your concerns about your DWI arrest and whether it is wise to consent to a breath test. You can contact my law firm, the Law Offices of Luigi Vigliotti, P.C., online or by calling 516-385-2940 to schedule a consultation.