When an individual is arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/drugs, the arresting officer may ask the individual if he or she will consent to a blood draw.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania a licensed driver automatically gives implied consent to take a blood test whenever a police officer requests it. When an individual refuses to give blood , he or she is in violation of the law and subjected to harsh penalties.
The consequences of refusing a blood test include:
First offense: 12-month suspension of your driver’s license and up to a $500 fine (which you must pay to reinstate your license after a year).
Second offense: 18-month suspension of your driver’s license and up to a $1,000 fine (required to reinstate your license).
Third offense: 18-month suspension of your driver’s license and up to a $2,000 fine (required to reinstate your license).
It is imperative that if you are requested to take a blood test, you are aware of the consequences of a refusal. Moreover, you are not entitled to an attorney when being asked to submit to a blood test.
If you or someone you know has refused a blood test and would like to know more about possible ways of retaining your license, contact our office today.