It is your right to refuse a field sobriety test. However, the refusal of a test can result in time-sensitive penalties. You will want to understand how your refusal of a sobriety test can affect your freedom. Rely on my 30 years of experience to help identify your options.
If you refused to test, consult with me, Craig Kuhary, at the law firm of Walden, Neitzke & Kuhary, S.C., as soon as possible. You have 10 days from the date of your arrest to request a refusal hearing or else you will lose your license for a minimum of one year. I maintain a comprehensive DUI defense practice committed to protecting the rights of clients involved in a wide variety of OWI/DUI-related situations.
The internet today is full of advice, much of it from nonlawyers or sensationalists with an ax to grind. Many times, even if the advice is correct, it may only apply in a unique circumstance inapplicable to your situation. Further, a law in another state may be at odds with the state of the law in Wisconsin.
In reality, refusing to test in Wisconsin can lead to horrible consequences. These consequences can include the revocation of your driver’s license.
Because I hold more than 30 years of experience as an attorney, you can rely on me as your lawyer to help you understand the penalties you face and the legal options available to you depending on which judge or prosecutor is handling your case.
Many people come to me not understanding that they can indeed move forward, sometimes even having the charges against them dropped or the penalties lightened.