In Connecticut, the implied consent law states that any person lawfully
arrested by a law enforcement officer who has had probably cause to believe
that person has been
operating a vehicle while impaired must consent to one of the following chemical tests:
These tests are used to determine the person’s blood alcohol content
and must be administered within two hours of when the person was driving.
The arresting officer can choose which test should be administered. If
the arrestee refuses to take the test, the officer can choose one of the
What Happens if a Person Refuses to Take Any Chemical Test?
When arrested, the law enforcement officer must explain to the driver their
constitutional rights. In addition, the arresting officer must explain
- The arrestee has the right to contact a lawyer before submitting to a test
- The arrestee’s license will be suspended if he or she refuses to
submit to a chemical test
- The evidence of the arrestee’s refusal to take the test may be used
against him or her in the court
Connecticut laws also state that a person can face different penalties
depending on how many times the driver refused chemical tests. Below is
a list explaining the possible penalties:
1st offense: Suspension of driver’s license for up to six months
2nd offense: Suspension of driver’s license for up to one year
3rd offense: Suspension of driver’s license for up to three years
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