You will be taken to the Police Station immediately after you have been arrested. When you are in the Police Station they will ask you to blow into a device called an intoximeter which will indicate how much alcohol you have in your system. If you fail to provide a sufficient volume of air you will be charged with failing to provide a Breath Specimen. If you are convicted of this matter you will be disqualified.
Road Traffic Act 1988 Section 7: Failing to provide a specimen in a police station.
A person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to provide a specimen when required to do so in pursuance of this section is guilty of an offence.
Penalty: Disqualification is mandatory for a minimum of 12 months, and a fine or imprisonment.
It is up to the accused to show that he or she had a reasonable excuse for not providing a breath specimen. It is similar to a roadside breath test and the onus is on the accused to show that there is a reasonable excuse and this is normally done by providing expert testimony. You will normally have an expert there who can reason that the accused was unable to provide a Breath Specimen. If the Sheriff holds that the defence that is put forward is credible then he will acquit the accused. If not then the Sheriff will disqualify.
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A client was acquitted after it was upheld in court that she had not been given the proper opportunity to provide another sample at a police station.