You should understand the legal consequences of refusing a Breathalyzer test. Here, we will explain the legal context of sobriety tests in California.
If an officer arrests you and there is a probable cause to believe that you have been driving under the influence of alcohol, you automatically consent to a sobriety test according to the implied consent laws in California. The sobriety test can be a Breathalyzer test, a blood test, or a urine test. You are required to take a urine test if breath or blood test is not available.
By receiving a driving license in California, you implicitly comply with a preliminary sobriety test. The officer may tell you that you could refuse the test. But this can result in penalties. If you refuse a test, it implies that you were driving while being over the legal blood alcohol limit.
In addition, the 5th Amendment does give you the right not to incriminate yourself by being forced to talk to the police or give a testimony, the right does not extend to drunk driving cases. You are not permitted to refuse a sobriety test since this does not incriminate you of guilt. The results of the test will determine whether you are guilty of an offense.
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