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Refusing a Breathalyzer Test in Maryland: What You Need to Know

Drunk driving arrests in Maryland can be an unsettling experience. When a law enforcement officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, they may request that you submit to a chemical test, such as a Breathalyzer, to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). While you have the right to refuse this test under Maryland law, it is important to understand the consequences of doing so.

In Maryland, when you obtained a driver's license and agreed to operate a vehicle on public roads, you also gave implied consent to submit to a chemical test if requested by a law enforcement officer. This means that although you have the right to refuse the test, there will be consequences for your refusal.

If you refuse a Breathalyzer test, your driver's license will be suspended on the spot. If you refuse a second time, your driving privileges in Maryland will be suspended for a longer period of time. To regain your driving privileges, you must request a hearing within 10 days of your license suspension and agree to have an interlock system installed in your vehicle at your own cost.

It is crucial to understand your rights and obligations when facing a drunk driving arrest in Maryland. Refusing a chemical test can result in the loss of your driving privileges for an extended period, so it's important to make an informed decision when asked to submit to a test.

If you require legal assistance with criminal law in Maryland, you may schedule a complimentary initial consultation with the Bauhof Legal team. Every criminal case is unique and individual, and this website is not intended to offer legal counsel. Please feel free to reach out to us at or give us a call at +1 (410) 876 4500.

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