January 17

What Happens if You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test in NY?

If you have been arrested for a DWI, a police officer may ask you to take a breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). If you refuse to take the test, then you may face penalties. You need to consider hiring a DWI attorney to dismiss or reduce your charges.

Penalties for Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in NY

  • If you refuse a breathalyzer test for the first time, your license may be suspended for one year and you may face a civil penalty of $500.
  • If you refuse a breathalyzer test for a second time, your license may be suspended for 18 months and you may need to pay a fine of $750. This is also applicable for anyone who refuses a breathalyzer and has a prior DWI conviction within the past 5 years.
  • Zero Tolerance Law says if a driver younger than 21 refuses a breathalyzer test, then he may face one year license suspension and a $300 civil penalty.

DWI Attorney in Rockland, NY

Attorney Reuven J. Epstein, a DWI attorney in Rockland, NY has experience handling DWI offenses in NY. He patiently guides clients through the legal system in NY. If you have been charged for a DWI offense, then call 845-459-0002 for a free consultation with Attorney Reuven J. Epstein.