If I Refuse a DUI Test, Will I Lose My Driver’s License?

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Denver DUI Lawyer Explains License Revocation Following Arrest.

Refusal to submit to a blood test or breath test after being pulled over for a DUI will lead to an automatic suspension of your driver’s license, but there are reasons a person might decide to refuse the test. In this video, Denver DUI lawyer Will Smith explains the mandatory license suspension period, how a refusal to submit to testing might affect you in court and eligibility for a restricted driver’s license.

If you have been arrested for drunk driving or drugged driving in Colorado, you would benefit greatly from the services of a DUI attorney. You can reach our law firm at (720) 542-6148.


It used to be that if you refused a blood or breath test, you’re out of luck. It’s one year no driving and there’s no if, ands or buts about that. If you refuse a test, you were out of luck. Things have changed a little bit and now if you refuse to take a test it will mean that you do not have a blood or breath sample that can be used against you later. However, it does mean that a jury likely would hear that you refused a test and they will be able to draw their own inferences about that. What that means for most of my clients though, and what most of my clients are really worried about is what does that mean for my driver’s license? That’s the most important thing at least on the front end for most clients. What that will mean if you refuse is that you’re not going to be able to drive for a period of 60 days. After 60 days of no driving whatsoever, you’ll be eligible to have a restricted driver’s license restricted to interlock. Interlock is an apparatus that is installed in your vehicle. That apparatus must be installed in Colorado for at least two years following a refusal before you can have an unrestricted driver’s license.

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