If you are lawfully arrested for DUI in Utah, the "implied consent" law requires that you must take a breath, blood, urine, or even a saliva test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC). Law enforcement in Utah is allowed to request more than one test. If an individual refuses to take one or more of these tests, his/her driver’s license could be suspended.
Refusal for a first-time DUI offense is punishable by a driver’s license suspension for up to 18 months. Refusal for a second-time DUI offense within 10 years carries a maximum three-year suspension period.
Upon arrest, police officers must warn you of the penalties for refusal. If you refuse, law enforcement will confiscate your driver’s license right away. You will then be issued a temporary permit that is valid for up to 29 days and given information on how to request an administrative hearing to contest the suspension.
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