What an Officer Must Tell You Before a DWI Chemical Test

As mentioned in our previous article, “Breathalyzer Refusals – Potential License Suspensions,” by merely driving on a Louisiana highway in Baton Rouge or elsewhere, you consent to Louisiana laws for testing blood-alcohol content (urine, blood, breath, etc.). However, when requesting an individual to submit to a DWI chemical test, the law enforcement officer must first inform him/her of the following information:

  1. His constitutional rights under Miranda v. Arizona.
  2. That his driving privileges can be suspended for refusing to submit to the chemical test.
  3. That his driving privileges can be suspended if he submits to the chemical test and such test results show a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above or, if he is under the age of twenty-one years, a blood alcohol level of 0.02 percent or above.
  4. That his driving privileges can be suspended if he submits to the chemical test and the test results show a positive reading indicating the presence of any controlled dangerous substance listed in R.S. 40:964.
  5. The name and employing agency of all law enforcement officers involved in the stop, detention, investigation, or arrest of the person.
  6. That refusal to submit to a chemical test after an arrest for an offense of driving while intoxicated if he has refused to submit to such test on two previous and separate occasions of any previous such violation is a crime under the provisions of R.S. 14:98.2 and the penalties for such crime are the same as the penalties for first conviction of driving while intoxicated.

That information must be read by the law enforcement officer from a from approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections prior to the DWI chemical test, and he must request that the individual to sign the form. If he/she is unable or unwilling to sign, the officer must advise that the individual was provided with the information above prior the the DWI chemical test and that he/she was unable or refused to sign.

DWIs can have other serious consequences, so if you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence, contact a skilled DWI defense attorney at the Russell Law Firm.

The Russell Law Firm represents clients in DWI/DUI cases throughout the State of Louisiana, including the parishes of East Baton Rouge Parish, West Baton Rouge Parish, Plaquemines Parish, Livingston Parish, Ascension Parish, Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, St. Charles Parish, Terrebonne Parish, Assumption Parish, Lafayette Parish, Lafourche Parish, Lafayette Parish, St. Landry Parish, Evangeline Parish; and the cities of Baton Rouge, Livingston, Denham Springs, Walker, Gonzales, Donaldsonville, Port Allen, Brusly, Addis, Lafayette, Napoleonville, Kenner, Harvey, Marrero, Estelle, Gretna, Metairie, New Orleans, Terrytown, Westwego, Ville Platte, Eunice, Opelousas, Thibodaux, Houma, Belle Chasse, and Hahnville.

Danny Russell is skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable about the Louisiana DWI/DUI statutes concerning DWI chemical tests, related non-DWI statutes, and how to evaluate evidence from DWI chemical tests. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a DWI, call the Russell Law Firm at 225-307-0088. We offer free, no obligation initial consultations.

The Russell Law Firm will handle all matters pertaining to your charge in an effective, efficient manner. We take care of paperwork and manage deadlines so that you never have to worry about the status of your case.

Information furnished herein is only general and not a substitute for personalized legal advice.

By: Danny D. Russell, Esq.

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