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Can you refuse to submit to a breath test in Colorado?

One thing no resident of Colorado wants to see while on the road is the flash of red and blue police lights in their rear view mirror. The seriousness of the situation is only ratcheted up when an individual is accused of driving under the influence. In these situations, police in Colorado may ask a driver to submit to a breath test to determine the driver's blood alcohol content. However, it is possible to decline to take a blood alcohol test?

In some circumstances, the short answer to this question is yes, but there may be consequences for doing so. This is because Colorado has an implied consent law. This means that part of the privilege of driving is agreeing to submit to a breath test if asked to do so. Such tests are used to measure a driver's BAC. The state's implied consent laws also apply to blood or urine tests used to measure a driver's BAC.

What are the consequences to refusing to submit to a BAC test? In Colorado, if an individual refuses to submit to a BAC test, he or she faces license revocation for as much as 12 months.

Obviously most people do not want to lose their driver's license. Therefore, they should think very carefully about refusing to submit to a BAC test. By weighing the pros and cons of the situation, motorists may be able to reach a decision that is right for them. Since this post does not provide legal advice for an individual's specific situation, those who want to learn more about implied consent laws in Colorado may want to consult with a legal professional.

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