When a person is arrested for a OWI, they are asked if they will submit to either a Blood or Breath test.  A WI OWI First Offender may find it difficult to answer this request.  If you submit to a blood or breath test, then your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is known, but if you don’t, you face a year of Wisconsin driver’s license suspension.

Submit to Wisconsin OWI Chemical Testing

Knowing BAC for a OWI can be beneficial.  For a Wisconsin OWI arrest, the police officer usually administers a Preliminary Breath Test (PBT).  If a Wisconsin driver submits to chemical testing and the BAC is different from the PBT, there are many reasons for the difference.  If the Preliminary Breath Test BAC is higher or lower than the chemical test, your Wisconsin OWI Attorney can determine if this difference is due to Mouth Alcohol, the absorption of alcohol into the body, individual differences, or a problem with the equipment used for testing.

No Chemical Testing, No BAC

A driver being arrested for a OWI may think refusing the blood or breath test will keep anyone from knowing the BAC.  This is not always true.  In many cases, a person who refuses chemical testing still gets a blood draw.  The Blood Alcohol Content of a driver charged with a WI OWI is on record.

Consequences of Refusing Blood or Breath Test for WI OWI

When a person refuses WI OWI chemical testing, they face one year of license suspension.  When a person obtains their driver’s license, they have earned the privilege to operate a vehicle.  Along with this privilege, is the promise to submit to evidentiary chemical testing.  When this promise is broken, the privilege to hold a valid driver’s license is automatically suspended.  A first offense WI OWI allows for immediate application for a Wisconsin Occupational License.  There is a 30 day waiting period before applying for an occupational license when WI OWI chemical testing is refused.

Hire Wisconsin OWI Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen

If you have refused chemical testing for a OWI, contact WI OWI Attorney Nathan Dineen.  Attorney Dineen has expertise in anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, toxicology which is required for blood sample testing.  He also understands the use of breathalyzers and intoximeter equipment for breath sample tests.  Attorney Dineen has offices located in Milwaukee, Germantown, West Bend, Appleton, and Sister Bay.  He is available 24/7 at 877-384-6800 for a Free Case Review.

Nathan J. Dineen