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With the state’s penalties for underage drinking being as high as they are, it can be tempting to resist medical testing for intoxication, especially if you believe that you are not intoxicated but have had enough alcohol to break the statute regarding underage drinking.
In today’s emotionally charged dealings with police, cooperation is absolutely essential to your safety and future. However, that does not mean you have to allow an officer to subject you to anything incriminating or illegal. You have the right to fair treatment.
Arizona residents may be aware that this state is an “implied consent” state with regard to testing for alcohol or drug intoxication while driving. This post addresses some of the questions that can arise in connection with implied consent.
When does implied consent become effective?
Getting pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence is a significant allegation. Police officers will likely question an individual and often times at least attempt to perform a breath test.
If it is determined that a driver’s blood-alcohol content is above the legal limit, which in the state of Arizona is .08, there are often serious consequences to which one must face.
A lot of drunk driving charges in Arizona are based on breath tests that help determine the blood alcohol content in a suspect. The driver is asked to blow into a system that takes a sample of the individual’s breath. The sample is then run through the machine, measuring the alcohol by way of a chemical reaction.