Breath & Blood Tests in California DUI Cases
Our team of Los Angeles DUI defense attorneys can defend against breath
and blood test evidence in conjunction with DUI arrests. A law enforcement
officer who stops an individual on suspicion of
DUI can verify the person's level of intoxication in a number of ways.
The two primary means for doing this are a breath test (commonly referred
to as a "breathalyzer" test), and a blood test. The breath test
is conducted by breathing into an apparatus that measures one's blood
alcohol content (BAC) through the breath. A blood test is administered
by taking a sample of one's blood and sending it to a lab in order
to determine its alcohol content.
Inaccuracies of Breath & Blood Tests
It is a fact that both breath and blood alcohol tests can be subject to
errors of all kinds. Breathalyzer devices in particular malfunction on
a regular basis, giving false readings of one's BAC. Blood tests can
be administered incorrectly, and the results misinterpreted by the lab
technicians doing the testing. Even if there is no error involved in the
testing procedure, there is the possibility that the test was administered
against protocol. If there is anything that can be construed as a violation
of your rights in regards to your breath and blood test, a Los Angeles
DUI lawyer can expose those violations/errors with the possible result
of your charges being dismissed outright.
How a Los Angeles DUI Lawyer Can Help
Both breath and blood tests have been determined to be much more accurate
than the field sobriety tests conducted on the spot by police officers
who have just pulled over a driver on suspicion of drunk driving. However,
no court can take the results of a breath test or a blood test as absolute
word. These results are meant to be used as nothing more than evidence
in a case of possible drunk driving.
Using the information yielded in the results of a breath or blood test
beyond that of evidence is impermissible legal practice. In fact, it is
not at all uncommon for the readings of a breath test to be thrown out
entirely, as they have proven time and again to be inaccurate measurements
of a person's level of intoxication. Even though the blood or breath
test evidence may be stacked up against you, you are innocent until proven
guilty. Contact a Los Angeles
criminal defense attorney to learn more about your options after a DUI arrest.