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What are the consequences of refusing DUI alcohol testing?

| Jun 24, 2021 | Firm News |

When you become a licensed driver in the state of Missouri, you are subject to an implied consent law. 

This means that you must take an alcohol or drug test if requested by a law enforcement officer. If you refuse testing, what are the consequences? 

License issues

You may need to use your vehicle for any number of reasons: to get to school, to work, to the grocery store. Driving is no doubt a big part of your life. However, if law enforcement stops you on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol and refuse testing, you face losing your driving privileges for one year. Usually, the officer will take your Missouri driver’s license at the time of your arrest. If applicable, he or she will issue you a 15-day permit in its place. 

Substance awareness

If you lose your driver’s license because you declined to take an alcohol or drug test, there are certain requirements associated with getting your driving privileges reinstated. First, you must file proof that you have completed a Substance Awareness Traffic Offender Program or SATOP. You must also file a form verifying that you have secured SR-22 auto insurance. 

A look ahead

While commonplace, a charge of DWI or DUI is usually an unsettling experience, especially since your right to drive hangs in the balance. You may petition the court in the county of your arrest. If the judge upholds your arrest, you must comply with license reinstatement requirements. However, the court may also issue a stay order on which you can continue driving until your case is settled.