California's Implied Consent Law

Posted by Phillip CrawfordOct 26, 2022

California's implied consent law is set forth in Vehicle Code Section 23612.  It states that, if you are driving a motor vehicle in California, you are deemed to have given your consent to a chemical test of your blood or breath if you have been legally arrested for a DUI.

The officer must advise you that failure to submit to complete the required testing will result in a fine and mandatory imprisonment if you are ultimately convicted of a DUI charge. The police must also tell you that failure to submit to or complete the required test will result in a DMV license suspension for a period of one, two, or three years.

If you refuse a chemical test of your blood or breath following a lawful DUI arrest, the prosecutor will add a refusal enhancement to your DUI charges.  If the prosecutor can prove both the DUI charge and the refusal enhancement, it adds additional jail time and a longer DUI school requirement to your consequences.

However, there are many defenses to both the DUI and the refusal enhancement. 

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