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Understanding Arkansas’ implied consent law

Driving a vehicle is a privilege that men and women can secure after passing certain assessments of their abilities and knowledge. A driver must be able to handle the technical aspects of operating a vehicle as well as know about the many laws that apply to drivers to keep everyone on the roads safe. One law that drivers should understand when the start to drive is the state’s implied consent law.

Implied consent relates to the drunk driving laws that govern operating in our state. When a person gets a license to drive in the state they implicitly consent to be assessed through sobriety testing and chemical testing as to their possible impairment from alcohol. Therefore, a person who holds an Arkansas driver’s license and who refuses to submit to field sobriety tests or blood or breath testing, may be in violation of the law.

In addition to the penalties a person may face if they are convicted of their DWI crime, they may face additional sanctions if they refuse to be tested for intoxication. This post offers no legal guidance on how individuals should handle drunk driving testing in an implied consent state but encourages drivers who are facing penalties for refusing consent to speak with drunk driving defense lawyers in their communities.

To get a license a person must agree to be assessed for alcohol impairment of a law enforcement official has a reasonable belief that they are intoxicated while driving. However, not every suspicion of intoxication harbored by arresting officers is accurate, and drivers who are struggling with legal dilemmas related to refusing consent to alcohol testing can get help from DWI defense legal professionals.

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