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The financial implications of a chemical test refusal in RI

When police here in Rhode Island make a DUI arrest, they generally will request that the arrestee take a chemical test regarding their blood alcohol level, such as a breath test, a blood test or a urine test. Now, an arrestee could refuse to undergo such a test, but doing so could have some significant negative consequences for them. This is because, under Rhode Island law, administrative penalties can be issued against drivers who refuse a reasonable chemical test request.

One of the negative things a person who is found to have refused a reasonable chemical test request may experience is a major hit to their pocket book.

One of the administrative penalties for a first-offense of chemical test refusal is a $200-$500 fine. And this is not the only monetary penalty that goes along with a chemical test refusal. The administrative penalties for a first offense also include a Department of Health assessment fee of $200 and a $500 highway assessment fee.

An important thing to note is that the financial implications a person can face for being found to have committed chemical test refusal are not limited to just the direct monetary penalties. For example, the license suspension issued for such a refusal could affect a person's income-earning abilities by impacting their ability to get to their place of work. 

The financial impacts of being found to have refused a chemical test can have deep effects on a person. Experienced DUI attorneys understand this and can help individuals facing chemical test refusal allegations understand what defense options they have regarding the accusations.

Source: Rhode Island Bar Association, "DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE," Accessed March 5, 2015

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