For decades the conventional wisdom was that if you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, you should always refuse the breath test (Breathalyzer, Datamaster, etc.). The machines were unreliable and subject to significant errors. That wisdom made sense at the time. In 2014, South Carolina changed its DUI laws, and the consequences of refusing to provide a breath sample became far more severe. A person who refuses to provide a breath, urine, or blood sample is now subject to immediate administrative license suspension lasting six months. This is separate and apart from any criminal penalties associated with a DUI conviction. Any appeal of that suspension must be filed within 30 days. If you are arrested and charged with DUI and refuse to blow, it is imperative that you seek counsel from an experienced attorney.
If you find yourself in this situation, reach out to the attorneys at Johnson Johnson Whittle & Lancer today to learn more about your rights.