If a law enforcement officer stops you on suspicion of DWI, refusing to take a breath or blood test may seem like a good way to avoid being charged. However, refusing to take the test can make your situation even worse!
You have the right to refuse a breath or blood test in North Carolina. However, refusing a DWI Breath Test or Blood Test in North Carolina will result in the revocation of your driver’s license for a year. The refusal does not result in criminal charges. It becomes a civil license revocation procedure that is completely separate from any DWI or other criminal charges.
Even if you eventually are found not guilty, or the charges are dismissed, the license revocation from your refusal does remain in effect. The prosecutor can present evidence of your refusal to take the breath or blood test in your case.
When refusing a DWI Breath or Blood Test in North Carolina they likely will argue that you were trying to conceal the fact that you were impaired. Refusing the test also may affect the prosecutor’s approach to your case and even affect your attorney’s ability to negotiate a positive outcome.
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DWI laws are complex from the perspective of determining how to defend a charge. As well as gathering evidence that constitutes mitigating and aggravating factors affecting the severity of sentencing.
Providing the best defense requires a North Carolina attorney who knows the DWI laws and court practices relating to the DWI charges and sentencing. The Law Office of John Fitzpatrick Jr. will provide you with the best defense.
We have extensive experience defending against DWI charges arising from alcohol and drugs. We will defend you against any DWI charges in North Carolina state courts.
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