Where reasonable grounds exist for suspecting a person to have committed a drink driving offence, a police officer is entitled to seek a breath, blood or urine specimen for analysis. It is an offence for a motorist to refuse to provide this, unless there is a reasonable excuse.
This is another complex area of motoring offence law, and whilst many cases end up being straightforward, defences do exist. It should be remembered that even where a motorist considers the request to provide a specimen unreasonable they should always comply - it is easier to challenge a drink driving case where there is no evidence of driving than it is to challenge an allegation of failing to provide a specimen because the motorist hadn't been driving.
Convictions for this offence invariably result in disqualification, although there are very limited circumstances in which it may be possible to argue for a licence endorsement , or even "special reasons".
The Magistrates Court sentencing guidelines can now be found online. By clicking on the links below you will be directed to the appropriate guideline.
Failing to Provide a Specimen ( where the police allege that you have been driving or attempting to drive)
Failing to Provide a Specimen ( where the police allege that you are "In Charge" of the vehicle)