Breath & Blood Tests
Penalties for Failing or Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in Missouri
Before a police officer can charge someone for driving under the influence, they must first have evidence that the person is truly intoxicated. That is why an officer will usually request you take a breathalyzer test or a blood test to determine whether or not you had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, which is the legal limit for an adult DUI charge. If you were arrested by an officer, but you refused to blow, or if your results were below the legal limit, or if even if your results were above the legal limit -- then you need to contact a Kansas City DUI lawyer right away. Paul W. Burmaster can launch a defense strategy to challenge the validity of your stop, your arrest, and the evidence in the case.
It is important to note that you can still be arrested for DUI if an officer asks you to take a BAC test and you refuse to do so. DUI penalties in Kansas include up to a year in jail, suspension of your license and fines. You can also be charge with a DUI refusal in Kansas if you refuse the breath test in a second or subsequent DUI arrest. Breath test refusal convictions, for a second or subsequent case, include jail and fines just like a DUI conviction.
In Missouri, DUI penalties include jail time, fines, and suspension of driving privileges. If you are arrested for DUI, whether you refuse the test or take it, hire a skilled Kansas City defense lawyer immediately to fight your charges and fight a conviction.
How to Fight Positive BAC Test Results
If you agree to take a breathalyzer test or a blood test and the results are at or above 0.08%, then you may still have a defense against a DUI charge. Do not speak to the officer, a judge, or anyone else about the facts of your case before consulting with a legal representative. An experienced DUI lawyer from Paul W. Burmaster P.A. can help gather evidence to prove that your arresting officer did not properly calibrate the breathalyzer machine, or that your blood sample was contaminated or tampered with during processing, or that the officer didn't have a legal cause to arrest or even stop you in the first place. Call Kansas City DUI attorney Paul W. Burmaster now.
Speak with a DUI Attorney in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area
If you were arrested for driving while intoxicated and failed a blood test, refused a breath test or failed a breath test, our firm can help. Even if you were driving while drunk, Paul W. Burmaster can fight to have your charges reduced. Attorney Paul Burmaster has more than 20 years of experience handling DUI cases and is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. Our firm is more than qualified to defend you from being convicted, so contact us right away to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.