Anyone who is pulled over under suspicion for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or other offenses is required under state law to submit to a chemical test to determine the amount of alcohol he or she consumed. A bodily alcohol content (BAC) test may be administered at the scene by a police officer or at the station or hospital after your arrest. In some cases, you may be tested twice.
Michigan’s Implied Consent Law requires all drivers to submit to a test or they could face points on their license or having their license suspended. The most common tests conducted by law enforcements are field sobriety tests including preliminary breath tests, DataMaster DMT breath tests and blood tests.
Continue reading to learn more about Michigan’s drunk driving test procedures or call (888) 211-5798 to discuss your case.
Consequences for Test Refusal
Anyone who refuses to take a BAC test will receive severe punishment. The penalties imposed including the following:
- Six points on your license
- Suspension of your license for one year
You only have a short period of time to challenge your license suspension, so you need a Michigan drunk driving attorney handling your case immediately. Grewal Law PLLC’s team will get to work right away to help you avoid the full suspension.
Besides the penalties above, a second refusal for a test within a seven-year time period results in increased penalties. These are as follows:
- An additional six points on your license
- License suspension for two years
A BAC is not to be confused with a breath test when you are first pulled over by law enforcement. The penalties for refusing this type of test are typically a small fine and a civil infraction.
Michigan Drunk Driving Attorneys Representing You at License Suspension Hearings
Even though a suspension is automatically issued, there are ways to appeal the decision. Because the license suspension is separate from any criminal charges you are facing you will also need your legal counsel to appear at an administrative hearing. Michigan’s Driver Assessment and Appeal Division will handle the all license suspension hearings related to drunk driving charges. Your defense attorney will have the chance to represent you to help avoid the full license suspension.
Ready to Defend You
Often, a person fears the results of a test guarantees a conviction, however at Grewal Law PLLC, we know these tests are often unreliable. While serving as your drunk driving defense team, we will look for any problems with your test results. We understand Implied Consent Laws can seem insurmountable, but we are ready to help you beat a DUI charge in Michigan.
Besides aiding your criminal defense by looking for errors in your test results, Grewal Law PLLC will also represent you in your administrative hearing case. Contact us to learn how you can combat the automatic license suspension which will have a dramatic impact on your day-to-day life.
We will walk you through the step-by-step process of your DUI case starting with these hearings all the way through your criminal trial. Get the legal help you deserve right away. Call Grewal Law PLLC to help you understand how implied consent laws impact your DUI charges in Grand Rapids. Lansing, East Lansing, and Okemos.
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