It can be intimidating to be pulled over by a Washington police officer, whether for a routine traffic infraction such as speeding or for allegedly suspicious driving behavior. If the officer suspects that you may be under the influence of alcohol, he or she will likely administer a variety of tests in order to determine if you are impaired. It is important to know your rights related to these tests if you are ever suspected of a DUI.
Drivers are subject to implied consent laws in every state in the United States. This simply means that drivers are assumed to have already given their consent to chemical testing if they are suspected of driving while under the influence. Chemical tests typically include Breathalyzers, urine or even blood tests. It is possible to refuse a chemical test, although there are consequences for doing so, such as a virtually automatic license suspension that can last anywhere from six months up to a year.