In New Mexico, drivers give implied consent to have their blood alcohol concentration levels chemically tested by virtue of carrying a valid license. While you may refuse a field sobriety test without penalty, refusing a chemical alcohol test can complicate a DWI case. If you have refused a chemical alcohol test at the time of arrest, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney from Patrick J. Martinez & Associates.
Consequences of Refusing a Chemical Alcohol Test
Refusing to submit to chemical blood alcohol testing (blood sample and/or breathalyzer) is considered an implied consent violation. The consequence is an automatic administrative license revocation. In other words, police officers will confiscate your driver’s license on the spot. In most cases, the license revocation period is one year, longer if you are facing a subsequent DWI charge.
How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
To many people reviewing your case, refusing a chemical BAC test implies guilt. To build a strong defense case, you need the help of an experienced lawyer.
The attorneys at Patrick J. Martinez & Associates in Albuquerque, NM are experienced DWI defense lawyers. They have handled all types of DWI cases, so they know how to investigate the circumstances of your arrest to identify if any civil rights violations occurred and/or if any intoxication assessments (e.g. field sobriety tests) were correctly administered. They can help you protect your rights and defend your innocence. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with a criminal defense attorney.