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Before You Submit to a Breathalyzer, Can You Talk to an Attorney?

Because of the considerable damage that a DWI conviction can cause to an individual’s reputation, many people are especially cautious in considering what options are available to them during a DWI arrest or intoxication testing. In particular, many people may consider refusing to take a breathalyzer test. However, they may want to contact an attorney before making this difficult decision.

If you’re facing serious criminal penalties because of DWI, we may be able to help you fight these charges and any penalties arising from refusal to take a breathalyzer test. For more information, contact Raleigh DWI lawyer Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.

Is Legal Consultation Allowed before a Refusal to Submit?

In many situations, a person may not be allowed to call an attorney before deciding whether to submit or refuse to take a breathalyzer test. This means that, despite the pressure and stress of the incident, a person may need to make a careful decision using their best judgment.

Breathalyzer refusal follows some of these rules:

  • Anything other than agreeing to take the test can be cited as a refusal to submit
  • Many states have automatic penalties for refusing to take a breathalyzer test
  • The police officer should go over these penalties before a person makes a decision

However, an attorney may be able to help someone after they’ve made the important decision of whether or not to blow into a breathalyzer device. If the police decide to make an arrest, a lawyer can be instrumental in putting together a defendant’s defense strategy.

Contact Us

An attorney may be able to help you with your legal defense regardless of whether or not you chose to take a breathalyzer test. To learn more about your defense options, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me. I am very happy about the outcome and would recommend you to anyone and everyone who has a DUI case. Two things that stuck out the most is your patience and honesty, you wanted the best for me and that was obvious."

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