If I was arrested in another state for DWI and refused a breathalyzer but was not convicted, will my home state find out about the refusal?

Asked on December 3, 2011 under Criminal Law, Florida


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Good question. If your refusal to take the presumed mandated breathalyzer test for being pulled over for the belief that you were driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance resulted in a state mandated suspension of your driver's license in the state where the incident occurred, most likely your refusal was sent to your own state's department of motor vehicles and your home state will know about the refusal.

When you were arrested, your personal information from your state's driver's license was fed into the United State's criminal data base where all states' law enforcement agencies link into it as well as other entities that have ties to law enforcement directly or indirectly such as departments of motor vehicles.

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