Florida Law DUI Refusal of Breath Test: What You Must Know

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Florida Law DUI Refusal

You were arrested. The cuffs were put on.

But you followed your gut and refused to blow into the breath test machine.

However, the arresting officer said that it could be “used against you”. He took your Florida driver license from you because you refused the to do the breath testing in the breathalyzer.

Now you want to know:

  1. Did you make the right decision?
  2. What are the consequences of refusing?
  3. How does your DUI lawyer defend your refusal to blow?

Let’s go over exactly what you need to know about refusing A DUI breathalyzer test in Florida. First, let’s discuss whether you made the right decision by refusing to blow.

Did I Make The Right Decision By Refusing The Breath Test Machine?

Let’s get this out of the way: whether it was the right decision for you to blow into the machine depends on the specific circumstances of your situation.

If the law enforcement officer asked you to blow into the machine, that means there was some indicator in his mind that you were under the influence and alcohol content has affected your ability to drive.

If you blew into the machine and the results came back showing that you did not have any blood alcohol coursing through your veins, then, of course, you made the right call.

But if you blew into the machine and produced a result higher than the legal limit then you voluntarily provided damning evidence to the state attorney who’s prosecuting your case.

So the good news is that if you refused to provide a breath sample the prosecuting attorney cannot have any additional damning evidence to use to prosecute you and put you through license revocation.

Rather, we simply have evidence that

  1. You were provided with an opportunity to give a breath sample to the cops.
  2. You were told that failing to blow into the breathalyzer might be used against you in court.
  3. You exercised your rights and refused to give a breath sample.

The bad news is that it can be inferred potentially that you thought you were under the influence to the extent you were impaired by alcohol and that’s why you chose not to blow.

(Of course, there are any number of reasonable reasons not to blow into the breath test machine that have nothing to do with consciousness of guilt, such as a fear that the machine is bogus science and would give bogus evidence against you).

The other bad news is that a refusal can lead to longer driver’s license suspensions than blowing a result above .08 if your DUI lawyer is unable to invalidate your license administrative suspension.

Frankly, if you thought there was a good chance you would fail the test if you blew into it and you refused, then you did the right thing. A potentially longer driver’s license suspension is not so bad if by refusing to blow into the breath test machine you’ve increased your odds of avoiding a DUI jail time.

Consequences Of Refusing To Blow Into The Machine

So you made your choice and refused that breath test.  Let’s talk about the consequences for refusing to blow into the breathalyzer machine.

First, the officer took your license! Florida believes driving is a privilege, not a right. To have the privilege of driving in Florida, you agree at the time you get your driver’s license that you will submit to a breath test if one is ever asked from you.

So, if you refuse to blow after getting arrested, the cop has every right to take your driver license in Florida. Don’t worry, there are a few methods available to help you get your license back quickly, depending on your circumstances in your case. In every case, we have a chance to appeal the suspension.

The first time you refuse to blow into a breath machine you are facing a possible 12-month suspension. While the Department of Motor Vehicles will often grant restricted “hardship” permits when an individual’s unrestricted license gets suspended, this 12-month suspension includes a 90 day “no mercy” period where you are ineligible for any hardship license.

If you have refused to blow at some point previously in your life and you now do it again your license can be suspended for 18 months. What’s worse, the Department of Motor Vehicles will refuse to consider you for any hardship permit.

Perhaps you have never refused a breath test request, but you do have a couple of DUI convictions in your past.

If you have two DUI convictions in your past and are arrested a third time and you refuse to blow but you never refused before your prior DUI cases, you’re looking at a 12-month suspension. And not, the Department of Motor Vehicle will not consider giving you a hardship permit.

And if this is your third DUI arrest and you have previously refused to give a breath sample at one of those prior DUI arrests, then the Department will suspend you license for a full 18 months.  No hardship permits allowed.

The prosecutor is allowed to argue that your refusal is consciousness of your guilty mind. This is the part we can infer that because if you refused you must have known that you were guilty.

Again, while this can be a nice piece of evidence for the prosecutor, there are plenty of reasonable alternatives that we can use in defending you to explain why you refused.

The Worst Consequence For Refusing To Blow Is That It Is A Criminal Charge If You Refused Previously

This gets a little crazy, but if you’ve refused to blow before and you refuse again, the prosecutor can charge you with an additional crime purely for refusing to blow into the machine.

That’s because our lawmakers have created a first-degree misdemeanor charge that consists only of refusing to blow when you have refused before.

You’ll know if you’re dealing with this situation when the law enforcement officer gives you two yellow citations after your arrest: one for the driving under the influence and a second one for the refusal.

Defenses To A Refusal

Now for some good news.

We can often defend your decision to refuse to provide a breath test result. We have quite a few technical and creative defenses that have been successful in helping people in a situation just like yours.

Lack of Compliance with the Implied Consent Statute: if you’re like most people, this concept that you can get in trouble for not doing something with the cops doesn’t sit well. After all, don’t you have a right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself?

Generally speaking, the answer is yes. However, Florida has made it acceptable for there to be penalties associated with refusing a breath test result by specifically creating laws and statutes that do so.

However, the beauty of that is if the officer does not substantially comply with these laws then we may be able to get the refusal tossed out of court.

Looking at the statute, we see that an officer that requests a test must have reason to believe you are either driving or in actual physical control of your car while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or controlled substance.

Our case law has interpreted this to mean the officer needs to have probable cause that you’re under the influence of alcoholic beverages or controlled substance.

That means, if the officer can’t prove legally that he had probable cause to arrest you at the time he asked for the breath test result and you refused, then your act of refusal could be tossed out of court during the review hearing.

We usually bring this defense as a pretrial motion so that we can go to the judge and specifically argue this one thing. Often, that means you can watch us cross-examine the cop on this issue and you probably don’t even have to say a word.

The officer also needs to read a very specific warning before you blow.

Think back to after your arrest right before the officer asked if you would blow into the breath test instrument.

Did it seem like the officer had to read from a teleprompter, pulling out and reading his request directly from a card in his back pocket?

If he did, then he made a smart move.

That’s because lawyers like us can get refusals tossed out if they use the wrong word or say something the wrong way.

The reading of the language from the statute is usually recorded. In every case, we review the reading of the language to make sure it’s above par. If it’s not above par, that can be grounds for us to defend against the refusal.

“I Was Confused”: The Confusion Doctrine

Did the officer read your Miranda Rights?

Most people are listening out for Miranda warnings and will bring it to their lawyer’s attention if they were not read their rights.

In an interesting twist in Florida DUI refusals, if your Miranda rights were given to you close in time to the implied consent warning, there may be a defense that you refused because you are confused.

See, Miranda is all about the officer informing you that you have a right to an attorney. Technically, this is a right to an attorney before you say anything that might incriminate you.

But then these officers a split second later will often tell you that you do not have a right to an attorney before giving a breath test result.

Technically this is true.  Technically, you have a right to an attorney before you speak words that can incriminate you, but not before you blow breath that could incriminate you.

It’s a sixth amendment constitutional thing.

But, this can get…. confusing.

The confusion doctrine states that if you are confused by this Miranda warning mixing with the implied consent warning, then that might be why you refused and the refusal can be tossed out of court.

The Rude Defendant

What if you stuck out your tongue at the officer so he “wrote you up” as a refusal?

Consider the case of Johnson v. Commissioner of Public Safety.

Johnson had blown into the breath test machine a couple of times but never long enough to produce an adequate breath sample.

There was disagreement between Johnson and the cop as to whether Johnson was going to continue to try. Johnson got pissed off and stuck his tongue out at the officer. The officer was angry and considered it the end of the test. The officer wrote up Johnson as a refusal, which led to Johnson’s license being suspended

In this case, the court determined that Johnson hadn’t actually refused. If the officer had not gotten upset that Johnson stuck his tongue out at him, presumably Johnson would have had the opportunity to blow into the machine.

“Weak Lungs” Defense

What about the situation where a driver blows into the test machine but doesn’t blow enough volume from his or her lungs in order to register a result?

What we find is cops are not concerned with why a person has not been able to register a result. Instead, DUI cops will simply chalk it up as a refusal.

The whole point of having penalties for refusing to blow into a breath test machine is because somebody intentionally chose not to.

The weak lungs defense can be used when somebody tried to register a result with the breath test but was unable to comply.

Note however that we have to be creative in presenting this defense. Without question, you can expect an officer to come in and say that the incomplete test was really because the driver was being intentionally uncooperative.

The “Foreign Language” Defense

What if English is not your first language? What if you’re not fluent in language the officer read the implied consent statute to you?

Florida statute requires that the implied consent be read clearly and unequivocally. We have been able to set aside suspensions in refusal suppressed cases where we could show our client was unable to understand the implied consent rules due to a language barrier.

“I Changed My Mind. I Will Take The Test”

An interesting situation arises when a driver initially refuses but then very shortly changes his or her mind and is willing to consent to the test.

In some cases, the arresting officer will be more than willing to comply. In other cases, the arresting officer may be put off by the original refusal and tell the driver that it’s “too late”.

We can provide a defense to a refusal in a situation where the driver has changed their mind quickly and the officer could have taken the test but just didn’t do it. If we succeed on this defense, then your refusal to blow could be thrown out of court.

Head Trauma And Accident Defense

What if there was an accident and in the accident, the driver hit his head and may be suffering from some head trauma?

Head trauma that renders a driver unable to intelligently make a decision as to whether or not to blow into a breath test machine right after an accident is grounds to move for throwing the refusal out of court.

Officer Talks Too Much

The very nature of this implied consent statute that creates the obligation for a driver to blow into the breath test machine is that it is coercive. Don’t blow into the machine and your license will be suspended.

What if the officer can’t shut his mouth and tells you penalties that aren’t even real? Or the officer misstates the law while chatting after the officer has read the implied consent statute?

It can be a defense to the refusal if the officer starts saying things that are not true or that are wrong. In some of these late-night DUIs we hear officers say all sorts of crazy things that can be confusing to a driver.

For example, we’ve had officers tell our clients the length of time for a driver’s license suspension. This incorrect information is a defense to the refusal.

Failure To Provide An Alternative Test

Interestingly, if you demand the officer provide you with an opportunity to take a blood test after you refused a DUI breathalyzer in Florida, the officer must comply.

Of course, you’ll have to pay for it, but if you want to go and get a blood test taken immediately after refusing a breath test, the officer needs to allow you to do it.

Officers get tired and lazy. If you have demanded this alternative test and the officer would not allow you to do it, this can be an absolute defense that allows us to suppress the refusal.

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Jacob Braden
17:34 21 Jan 20
Lee Pearlman and his team are great! if your thinking of allowing a public defender in the adult system represent you I would strongly encourage you not to do that, but to call these people! They have done nothing but achieve positive quick results. I want to specifically thank Shadi! He is so eager and motivated. He keeps in touch with you and explains everything every step of the way. He was so great that he showed up to court on THANKSGIVING morning. Who does that? Shadi does! Thanks again Shadi and Lee!
krystal Speeler
krystal Speeler
20:50 15 Dec 19
Lee worked hard and treated me like he was representing a family friend! The entire office staff were very attentive and I was able to get the best outcome possible! Thank You LEE!!!UPDATE!!!!! Exactly As I was told is exactly what the outcome was in the end! The best case scenario happened due to the skill and hard work of this firm!!!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!
Matthew Garcia
Matthew Garcia
20:28 29 Oct 19
February of 2019 I ran into a very problematic legal matter, it put my healthcare license and my very livelihood on the line. I didn’t have anyone to turn to and my family left me on my own, I was lost and, honestly, things were looking bleak. I was recommended Mr. Lee Pearlman and went to meet with him, without much hope for how things would turn out. Not only was Mr. Pearlman understanding of the situation, he was so friendly and calm that my problem seemed less like the end of the world and more like an unfortunate bump in the road. It took a couple of months but he fought for me to return to work and explained the process so that I could actually understand the legal lingo. It has taken more time and dedication than I ever thought, but my life is back on track and I cannot thank Lee enough for fighting for me. I had very low expectations for how things would turn out, but Lee blew them out of the water and helped me more than I thought possible. If you are looking for someone that won’t judge your mistakes and will try his hardest to help you, I cannot recommend Lee Pearlman enough. He and his staff were always so nice and I will genuinely miss seeing them all.
Jana Easton
Jana Easton
22:37 10 Sep 19
Lee Pearlman has been amazing! He cares about his clients and gets the job done. If your looking for a quality attorney that will work for you then you found him. I can’t say enough good things about him and his team. Thanks again!!!
Nikki Jay
Nikki Jay
18:47 07 Jun 19
Been with Lee Pearlman for quite a bit of time. He's EXCELLENT!!! He's well known and extremely well liked by Defense teams, Prosecution teams and Judges alike. If anyone can get the job done, it's Lee!! He was also there for me on the emotional level as I was scared and very upset over everything we were going through. He continued to reassure me that it was all going to be alright!! He certainly helped our family through a very tough time and got the BEST outcome that could have been gotten. I truly wouldn't trust any other attorney to handle any legal situation. Thank You from the bottom of my heart Lee, for EVERYTHING!!!! GOD BLESS YOU
Hope Fuller Lane
Hope Fuller Lane
23:51 25 Feb 19
I have personally had the opportunity to work first hand with attorneys Lee Pearlman and Klarika Caplano, as well as multiple other members of the firm’s staff. The attention and dedication I received is top notch, and they are always available to answer questions or address any concerns. This firm will do everything in their power to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Jon Appleton
Jon Appleton
21:19 03 Jan 19
This law firm handles a multitude of different types of cases. I have personally retained them for family and for an auto accident as well as been very close to someone who Lee and Jake represented in a criminal case. That case was long and drawn out and The State seemed to of had the upper hand until Lee and Jake came on and ended up going through a two day trial. Without them the outcome did not look good but because of them a NOT GUILTY verdict came through and he was clear of everything. We are so thankful for the entire team at Denmon Pearlman for all the situations they have helped us through. They were efficient, kind, caring and available to answer our questions and concerns by phone, texts and emails quickly and always made us feel reassured, confident and happy because we knew they had our backs in every situation. I will definitely use them again if I’m ever in a situation of any type again. I have recommended them to many and I will continue to recommend them to anyone who is in need of help. 10 START RATING for sure!!
Roxanne Edens
Roxanne Edens
19:27 13 Nov 18
Lee Pearlman is fantastic! My brother had a difficult case and Mr. Pearlman stepped in and quite literally saved the day for my brother and our family. He is experienced, extremely kind, easy to get in contact with, and most importantly, gets the job done. Couldn’t be happier and if I’m ever in need of a lawyer again I’ll be going straight to him.
Lyndsey Dolan-King
Lyndsey Dolan-King
19:18 07 Sep 18
I have been opposing counsel against Lee on many occasions when I worked for the State Attorney's Office. He is by far one of the most talented attorneys I have ever met. His professionalism and passionate advocacy for his clients is only matched by his skill in the courtroom. Great lawyer!
Justin Reep
Justin Reep
17:57 26 Jun 18
Unfortunately I've had a couple of things to clear up in the last couple years. FORTUNATELY..I found Lee Pearlman. He's very professional, pays attention to detail and his ability to make you feel safe and calm is fantastic. He's smart and personable, I honestly think had we met under different circumstances, we would be good friends.
Scott Michael
Scott Michael
18:04 04 May 18
It's hard to believe it's been 4 years since my husband was cleared on two charges stemming back to 1986. Thank you so much Lee Pearlman for representing my husband. When we found out about the 28 year old warrant we drove down to Florida w/o an attorney and hit the yellow pages and Google. We believe the Lord led us to Lee Pearlman. He took our case and worked tirelessly until my husband was, not only released, but freed of both charges!! Because of Lee, my husband is now in contact with his mom, that he had not seen in 36 years. He was told she had passed away. Thank you Lee, there's not enough money in the world that could repay you for what you have given us. Freedom is a wonderful thing.
Jeannette Newman Fehr
Jeannette Newman Fehr
16:12 28 Apr 18
The amount of gratitude and thanks I want to express to Lee and his team is unfathomable. Lee’s communication and professionalism during this difficult time for me was exceptional. He always kept me informed during each step of the process. It is evident that Lee has a tremendous of respect within the court system, which led to my favorable result. Results; which at the end of the day is the most important thing when searching for a Law firm. I couldn’t recommend a better Lawyer than Lee Pearlman.
Lee- thank you so much for everything during this time!
Martin Smith
Martin Smith
00:28 03 Feb 18
Lee Pearlman, a phenomenal defense attorney! And now a family friend! Being unsure where to start in finding a lawyer to represent my husband, I reached out to a co-workers husband that is a lawyer, and for our particular case, he let me know that if he were in my husband's situation, he would want Lee for the job. I am happy to say that was the best advice he could have provided to me because it did not disappoint. From the beginning stages, pre-trials, motions, bond hearing to trial he offered great insight of how things could play out always keeping me informed. Lee moved with a purpose; he didn't delay, his time efficiency moving thru our case as quickly as possible and got the job done. His ability to use other resources when necessary was essential. Nicole Denmon paired with Lee in the trial were a fantastic team and went above and beyond to battle for us. Going thru an experience like that isn't one you would hope ever to go thru, but the entire staff is so friendly, professional and helpful. This office of people just made the experience the very best it could be!
Jodi Sue Holcomb
Jodi Sue Holcomb
19:38 24 Jan 18
Look no further, you have found the best law firm ever created. It will be the best decision you make adding them to your team. Unparalleled and unmatched they indeed set the standard & raised the bar and are shaping the future for attorneys. I was appointed Lee Pearlman in my case. I was looking at a capital offense, so my life was literally in his hands. My wife hired him, and we both can say he is the best attorney out there. But he is also an amazing person. With such a scary monster of a case I had and my life on the line, they gave me peace of mind throughout the whole situation. It wasn't a simple case with a few moving parts, but Lee showed versatility, depth and with a tremendous amount of resources to handle any problem or situation. He kept everything realistic for me and managed everything promptly, pushing relentlessly to resolve my case and get me home to my family. He went way above the call of duty; he was there for me, my wife, my son, and family every step of the way. Even though we didn't have all the money, you could tell it wasn't about the money but rather his compassion for fighting for truth and justice. He handled a capital offense in 10months; he definitely is a trial attorney. He will take it the distance for you with the best qualities an attorney could have. He is aggressive, professional, confident, focused, talented, trustworthy and extremely knowledgeable. His skill and hard work are surpassed only by his modesty and compassion with attention to detail. He will get the job done. Lee added Nicole Denmon to assist on my case in trial, and I can say the same for her. Truly an amazing team, the best attorneys and phenomenal firm I can call family. Thank you for everything.
Honey Honeycomb
Honey Honeycomb
16:19 24 Jan 18
If you have a personal injury, Lee Pearlman is the attorney you need to see. He and his assistants, Ashley and Anisley are number one in my book. They were always available to answer questions and fought for me all the way. Thank you Denmon Pealman Law Firm!!
Marsha Fowler
Marsha Fowler
00:54 10 Jan 18
Mr Lee Pearlman is a outstanding attorney he has been a great help to me for many years now and always dose what he says. Ive recommended him to family and friends. He has always comes out on top he is a 5 star lawyer. Thank you
Chris Piedra
Chris Piedra
20:54 28 Nov 17
Mr. Lee Pearlman is THE GUY. He is charismatic, respectful, intelligent and the BEST at what he does. I would recommend no one else to my friends and family. From the beginning stages of fright and uncertainty, all the way to the trial and the verdict of Not Guilty, he was there to answer my questions, quell my uncertainties and deliver exactly what he promised. Mrs. Adriane Ovcharenko was equally as charismatic and fantastic during the trial. It is safe to assume everyone at Denmon Pearlman hold themselves to a standard above the rest and deliver exactly that.
Kevin James Mark
Kevin James Mark
17:28 16 Aug 17