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What is a "Warning to Motorist"?

Posted by Megan Lafata | Jul 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Warning to Motorist

The Warning to Motorist informs a driver suspected of driving under the influence of the consequences to their driving privileges for refusing field sobriety testing or submitting to testing and testing above the legal limit. Prior to requesting a driver to submit to testing during a DUI investigation, the warning to motorist enables a police officer to conduct an investigation while keeping you informed of your rights. 

The warning to motorist states that if you are a first offender for DUI, and you refuse to submit to breath or chemical testing, your license will be suspended for 12 months. If you submit to testing and the results are above the legal limit, your license will be suspended for six months. For second or subsequent offenders, if you refuse to submit to breath or chemical testing, your license will be suspended for 36 months. If you submit to testing and the results are above the legal limit, your license will be suspended for 12 months.

These suspensions can be challenged in court during a statutory summary suspension hearing. The law surrounding DUIs and the warning motorist is complex. An experienced DUI lawyer knows the ins and outs and can use this to help you. The Oak Park DUI attorneys at Lafata Law can help you navigate the legal issues related to the warning to motorist and DUIs. Call Lafata Law today for your free consultation. 

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Megan Lafata

Megan is the founder of Lafata Law LLC and former felony prosecutor. Megan is passionate about advocating for the rights of her clients and their families. 

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