Where you refuse, penalties may follow depending on whether you have had any prior “alcohol-related or drug-related enforcement contacts,” which are license suspensions or disqualifications resulting from (1) a DWI conviction, (2) refusal following an arrest, or (3) providing a breath/blood specimen with an alcohol concentration .08 or higher following an arrest.
If you provide voluntary consent and submit to an alcohol concentration test and subsequently fail, your driver’s license privileges can also be suspended, and the test result may come into evidence in the criminal trial.
The possible suspension periods are:
If your DWI arrest results in a license suspension, you may be eligible for an occupational driver’s license (ODL) under the following circumstances:
However, all hope is not lost if your license is suspended resulting from a DWI arrest.
Notwithstanding sections 1 through 4 above, if your driver’s license is suspended resulting from an alcohol- or drug-related enforcement contact or conviction, the court may still issue an ODL if you submit proof that an ignition interlock device is installed on any motor vehicle you intend to operate.
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