If you refused a portable breath test at the convenience store, it would be difficult for the prosecution to show that there was enough of a reason to arrest you for DUI. You didn't commit any traffic violation, and an odor only indicates that you had consumed alcohol earlier--it doesn't show that you were impaired by it. I assume the officer didn't have you walk a line or anything like that, but did he have you follow his finger/pen with your eyes? It seems like you have a very strong case, especially if there were no field sobriety evaluations. That said, if you refused to blow at the station after arrest, you could be looking at a hard suspension of your license without a work permit. So it's important to get an experienced DUI lawyer who you're comfortable with to get the charges reduced as soon as possible and protect your license. You should be able to find representation at a reasonable price, with a payment plan if you need one. Best wishes to you
Your chances depend upon many more factors than you can list here. Whatever your chances are on your own, they are twice as good after you hire an attorney to represent you.
You're off to a good start, but other factors are going to come into play such as which court your case is in, which judge it has been assigned to, etc. Again, you have some very powerful facts on your side. I would meet with a local attorney who is familiar with the court your case is in, and discuss these facts with him.
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While it is difficult to fully evaluate your case base solely on the facts you provided, I would encourage you to contest your case with the benefit of specialized DUI lawyer.
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