You have a Constitutional Right to REFUSE a DUI chemical test says Riverside Appellate Division

Recent California Appellate Decision regarding your Constitutional Right to REFUSE A DUI CHEMICAL TEST

The defendant was arrested for DUI and refused to take a chemical test. The DA got a conviction under PC 148  (Resisting or Obstructing a Policeman in performance of his duties). The Riverside Superior Court Appellate Division says it was OK to refuse because the Legislature has spelled out the CA punishment for a refusal thus a Citizen has every right to refuse and suffer those specified consequences. Therefore, s/he can not be convicted of obstructing the Police Officer in performing his duties so it precludes a PC 148 conviction. In addition, the defendant had a constitutional right to refuse, and a 148 can’t be based on conduct that the defendant has a constitutional right to engage in. People v. Valencia; APP1400147; 9/30/15; Riverside Superior Court Appellate Division

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