Test Refusal | CarAccidentHome.com

Call any time for a free evaluation

800-566-7404

What does Test Refusal mean?

Refusal to take a chemical test (test of you blood, urine or breath) can have severe legal consequences. States have implemented implied consent laws which means drivers have given their consent to submit to a chemical test if they are stopped for DUI or driving under the influence of alcohol.

Drivers who refuse testing may have their driver's license automatically suspended. This is called an administrative license suspension, and this DUI penalty is separate from additional criminal actions that a driver may face. State laws will determine the length of time for the administrative license suspension. In addition, refusal in some states may be considered "consciousness of guilt" and the refusal may be presented as evidence of guilt at the driver's DUI trial.

Drivers may or may not have the option of seeking legal counsel prior to determining if they should or should not refuse the test. Some states allow drivers to find counsel prior to making a decision and other states do not. Some states allow a "reasonable period of time" to make contact and if it is done within this specified time, it may not be allowed. If you have been arrested for DUI and have either refused to take a chemical test or have submitted to a chemical test and failed, contact a DUI lawyer for help.



« Back to Glossary

Browse Car Accident Terms Alphabetically:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W | ALL


Do You Need a Lawyer?

Complete the short form and attorney will review your case for FREE. Don't wait -- Get Help Today!


See How Much You're Owed in Compensation!

- Click the Button Below for Your FREE Evaluation -


Why Should I Get an Evaluation with Car Accident Home?

  • Get more money - Getting an estimate will help you know the true value of your claim.
  • Insurance companies will try to pay you less than your claim is worth - don't let them.
  • You'll have the option to speak with a real auto accident attorney in your area - for free!
  • You have nothing to lose! The evaluation is COMPLETELY FREE.