Breath & Blood Tests in DUI Arrests
DUI Attorney in Mesa Also Serving Phoenix
When you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) charge in Arizona, there is probably much you do not fully understand
upfront, and even more the police are not telling you. Breath and blood
tests are two of the most critical aspects of your arrest, but it is entirely
possible the law enforcement officer skimmed over the laws and legislation
surrounding them. It is also quite probable that you were placed in cuffs
entirely due to the results of one of these tests.
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Differences Between Breath and Blood Tests
No matter how intoxicated or sober you appear to be to the highway patrol
officer, you will undoubtedly be asked or told to take a breath test,
a blood test, or both. In order to understand your charges, or what should
be done in case of future traffic stops, you need to know the differences
between the average breath and blood tests.
Breath Tests: A breath test will most commonly be administered curbside using a small
breathalyzer device that reads blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels
through a puff of breath. In this scenario, this is actually a field sobriety
test akin to standing on one leg or walking in a straight line. Ask the
officer if it is indeed being given as a field sobriety test; if the answer
is yes, you should be able to refuse it without any immediate legal repercussions.
Blood Tests: A blood test is a form of chemical test performed back at the station –
other forms of chemical tests include urine analysis and a more advanced
form of breath testing. If the police want to test your blood to get a
BAC level reading, you should almost never refuse. What they likely have
not told you is that if you refuse a chemical test, your license will
be immediately revoked through the DMV, and almost no amount of legal
work can get it back.
Defenses Against Different Forms of BAC Testing
One thing law enforcement
will tell you is going to be that their breath and blood tests are incredibly
accurate, and that they serve as definitive proof of your intoxication.
Do not be intimidated. Our highly-experienced DUI attorneys know how to
challenge the results of any chemical test through creative litigation
strategies. For example, did they use excessive force or unlawful persuasion
to draw your blood? Or was the breathalyzer poorly calibrated and showed
a spiked BAC level? We will explore every option to defend your rights
and keep you free of heavy penalties.
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