What should I do if I am arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and offered a breath or blood test for the presence of alcohol?
Every person who has a driver’s license has given implied consent to submit to a breath or blood test for alcohol presence where a police officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the person may be under the influence. Nevertheless, no one can make you submit to the test. There are severe Motor Vehicle Administration consequences for refusing to take the test. You have the right to consult with an attorney prior to submitting to the test as long as you can reach your attorney within the two hour time frame for taking the breath test required by Maryland law. In the District of Columbia, the consequences of refusal can be equally harsh.
- On July 16, 2012