People who are pulled over on suspicion of DUI in Berks County and neighboring areas are typically asked to take a breath test (using a machine called a Breathalyzer or Intoxilyzer). While drivers are allowed to refuse this test, there is a major consequence for refusal: a one-year driver's license suspension. Additionally, the refusal issue leads to a separate administrative proceeding, apart from the criminal DUI case.
At Emkey Law Firm, we have handled many cases involving refusal to take breath tests. Daniel Emkey, our firm's founder, is a Reading breath test refusal lawyer with extensive experience in this issue. He is a former Berks County prosecutor, so he understands cases from both sides. He understands how challenging a refusal case is, but has the knowledge and skill to handle both the DUI criminal charge and the driver's license administrative proceeding.
As Reading DUI defense attorneys, we believe the best course of action is simply to submit to the Breathalyzer test if asked. Breath test machines are not perfect, and the results can be challenged after the fact in many cases. Perhaps the officer was not properly trained, the machine was incorrectly calibrated, or other errors occurred. We can provide you with a proper defense, which is a better alternative than refusing the test and having your license automatically suspended.
Refusal cases are not always open and shut. If you refused the test, reach out to our Reading office to learn about your options. Our attorneys can defend you against DUI/DWI charge, and we can also represent you in administrative hearings at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Your situation may be complicated, but we will guide you through it step by step.
If you've refused a breathalyzer test the lawyers of Emkey Law Firm are ready to help, we provide phone support 24 hours a day and are available for night and weekend appointments.