Breath & Blood Tests in DUI Arrests

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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.

If you are facing a serious DUI charge and are not sure where to turn, know that our team of Mesa DUI attorneys from Naegle & Crider PLC are here to help you stand up for your rights. With our impressive record of recent successes and plenty of testimonials from past clients, you know you can rely on us to provide you with comprehensive legal representation that does all it can to protect you from punishments as harsh as thousands in fines and years in jail.

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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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