Columbus, Ohio Criminal Defense, DUI / OVI, and Traffic Attorney

DUI Breath, Blood, and Urine Testing

At the police station, the officer will request that you take a breathalyzer to determine how much alcohol is in your system. In some circumstances, a blood or urine tests may be requested. You have the right to refuse to submit to these tests. However, given Ohio’s implied consent statute, refusal to submit will result in an Administrative License Suspension (ALS). For some people (those with prior DUIs or CDL drivers for example), refusal to submit can lead to an additional charge.

Testing over Ohio’s designated limits will result in an automatic suspension of your license, along with providing evidence that the prosecutor can use in court when prosecuting you for driving drunk. Testing under the limit will not get your license suspended, but still may leave you facing a DUI charge.

If you refuse to submit to the test, the prosecutor will not have the test results as evidence in your DUI case. However, in many circumstances, the refusal itself can be used in court. Additionally, there is the administrative license suspension (ALS) for the refusal and the possibility of additional charges for certain classes of drivers.

No matter if you submit to the breath, blood, and urine tests or not, the officer will likely issue a citation for drunk driving which requires your appearance in court on a DUI.


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