Should You Blow Or Not?

If you are pulled over at a traffic stop, should you agree to take the Breathalyzer "blow" test, or refuse? In the state of Missouri, driving is a privilege, not a right. When you get your driver's license, you are giving the state "implied consent" to obey the traffic laws and actions the police may take against you based on reasonable suspicion of DWI. In short, you have the right to refuse the test, but if you do, you will likely have your driver's license revoked for up to a year.

Knowledgeable Attorney With Nearly 25 Years Of Experience Handling DUI Cases

As an experienced DWI defense lawyer with nearly 25 years of experience, I cannot attest that there is any real advantage or disadvantage to refusing to blow. On the one hand, you will be handing over key evidence of your DWI guilt if you are likely over the limit. On the other hand, refusing the test may mean a longer suspended license than a resulting DWI charge...but your criminal record might remain clean.

Whether or not to take the test largely depends upon the county in which you were arrested. If the traffic stop was in St. Francois County, Ste. Genevieve County or Perry County, call my office in Sainte Genevieve. I will discuss your case with you and give you an honest evaluation of your best options and how I can best protect your rights.

Call 573-303-3015 or contact me by email before you say another word to the police or prosecutor at the station.