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DUI Breath Test :: The Consequences on your Driver’s License

First, let’s walk down the road of if you decide to blow in the Breathalyzer at the police station.  (Note: There is a small version and officer may give you on the side of the road.  This is called a Preliminary Breath Test, or PBT.  This is not the reading the courts or Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will be basing their case on).

You blow a 0.07 to 0.79 Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). 

You’re out of the woods, right?  Not necessarily.  You can be charged with a DWI, even when you blow under the 0.08 BAC limit.


You blow a 0.08 or more, you have failed the Chemical Test:

If you blow 0.08 but less than 0.15

1st Offense

45 day suspension.

2nd (or more) Offense(s)

90 day suspension.


If you blow 0.15 or more

1st Offense

90 day suspension.

2nd (or more) Offense(s)

180 day suspension.


What happens if you decide to refuse the test entirely?

Breath Test Refusal

1st Alcohol Offense

The MVA can suspend your license for 120 days (6 months).

2nd Alcohol Offense (or more)

The MVA can suspend your license for 1 year.

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