What happens if you refuse a breath test in Missouri?

When you sign and submit your driver's license application in Missouri, you agree to succumb to a chemical test should an officer request one of you. Lawmakers refer to this particular agreement as "implied consent." While you may refuse to take a breath test regardless of the implied consent law, the state of Missouri will punish you for breach of contract by revoking your driving privileges for one year. This is known as "Chemical Revocation."

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, Chemical Revocation is an alcohol-related offense. If you have such an offense on your record, the law mandates that you complete a Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) or a comparable course. You must complete this program to regain your driving privileges.

If you have additional alcohol-related offenses on your driving record, the state will require you to equip your vehicle with an Ignition Interlock Device. You must maintain the IID on your vehicle for at least six months, beginning on the reinstatement date. During the last three months of the six-month period, the state will monitor you via the IID. If you accrue any violations during the monitoring period, your requirement to maintain the device will extend by another three months. You must maintain the device until you can successfully complete the three-month monitoring period without any violations.  

During the suspension period, you may be able to enjoy limited driving privileges. You may only exercise these privileges to drive to school, work, your alcohol program, a medical treatment facility or other places where you must be. You may not use your limited driving privileges for recreational purposes.

The information in this post is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as legal advice. 

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