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Mr. Hammond served in Afghanistan and Iraq, where he received 9 medals including a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He has been practicing law since 1996 with an exclusive focus on military law, criminal law, and family law.

Breathalyzer Refusal

Augusta DUI Attorney

Did You Refuse to Take a Breathalyzer in Columbia County, Georgia, or Anywhere Else in Georgia?

Many people mistakenly believe that if they refuse the Breathalyzer test, that there won't be enough evidence for a DUI arrest or conviction. However, not only will the police likely be able to build a strong case against you, there is a natural presumption that you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and you have to fight that presumption in court. This might be impossible without an experienced and aggressive Augusta DUI trial lawyer fighting for you.

If you are arrested for drunk driving and refuse to take the Breathalyzer test, you could be subjected to automatic driver's license suspension, whether you are found to be guilty or not in your criminal DUI case. Contact an experienced Augusta DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Shawn P. Hammond and Associates to discuss your rights and options.

Georgia Implied Consent Laws — DUI Arrests

Under Georgia implied consent laws, all drivers who choose to operate a motor vehicle in Georgia have implied their consent to taking a chemical test (breath, blood, urine) when arrested for drunk driving. The Alco-Sensor test (the preliminary breath test used when you are first pulled over) is completely voluntary. However, refusing to take the breath test at the police station, or any other chemical test at the station, is an implied consent violation and can result in additional consequences — beyond what drivers could face for a DUI conviction.

Augusta Lawyers Helping You Challenge Your Suspended License and DUI Charges

At the Law Offices of Shawn P. Hammond and Associates, we use more than 15 years of legal experience and a comprehensive understanding of Georgia DUI laws to fight DUI charges and challenge administrative license suspensions. We thoroughly investigate your case for weaknesses in the prosecution's case:

  • Was there reasonable suspicion for the traffic stop?
  • Was there probable cause for your DUI arrest?
  • Did you actually refuse the breath test?
  • Were you given the proper implied consent warning when you refused the breath test?
  • Were your rights in any way violated?

Our Augusta attorneys fight relentlessly to protect your rights and represent you effectively in court. We have extensive experience handling all levels of drunk driving charges in Georgia, from first-, second- or third-offense DUI (which can result in a misdemeanor DUI conviction), to fourth-offense DUI (which can result in a felony conviction).

Contact our Augusta, Georgia, law firm to put our experience and aggressive courtroom skills on your side. Call 706-993-2785.