Refusing a breathalyzer, blood test, or other chemical test in Pennsylvania does not mean you will be automatically convicted of drunk driving. There is no criminal penalty for a breath or blood test in PA and the prosecution still has to prove its case against you. Refusing a chemical test will, however, prompt the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to seek a mandatory suspension of PA drivers privileges for between twelve (12) and eighteen (18) months. This is an administrative matter that can be successfully overturned with the help of a experienced PA chemical test refusal lawyer. I will handle both the criminal and civil elements of your case. I have extensive experience both in DUI criminal defense and driver's license suspension administrative hearings.
When a person refuses the breathalyzer or a blood test in PA, not only are they subject to the PennDot license suspension mentioned above but it also means that they may face increased jail time if they are convicted of DUI. If a criminal court find that a refusal of a breathalyzer or a failure to submit to a blood test has occurred then a judge must sentence that person as "third tier offender" even though no blood alcohol content was recorded. To arrange a free initial consultation with a lawyer experienced in refusal cases in Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties, call me at (610) 239-8870. For more information on blood alcohol content testing and DUI issues, please consider these sites:
As your lawyer, I will provide the strategic advocacy and dedicated service you can trust to drive results. I serve all of Southeastern PA including Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County, Chester County, and Philadelphia County and in the cities of Norristown, West Chester, Doylestown, Media, and Philadelphia, PA.