Breath & Blood Tests
When an officer is conducting a traffic stop on a suspected drunk driver, he will give the driver a field sobriety test. The officer may then administer a breath test using a breathalyzer to determine if the driver in question is intoxicated. The breathalyzer device reveals alcohol concentration in an individual's system. A blood test may also be administered by an officer in order to measure blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In many cases, a breath test is the preferred method for measuring a person's BAC.
Possible Problems with Breath or Blood Tests
Both of these tests must be given following specific guidelines. If any of the procedures were not properly followed when a breath or blood test was administered, the test may be considered invalid and not able to stand in court. It is also possible that the testing equipment used for either the breath or blood test is faulty. These possible contaminations of evidence can be thoroughly evaluated by an attorney in order to build your case against a DUI conviction.
If you have submitted to a breath or blood test and have been charged with a DUI, it is important to consult with a qualified attorney. Because officers must follow strict procedures when giving these tests, it is possible your charge may be contested because of how your breath or blood test was administered. An experienced DUI lawyer from The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman can evaluate your case and prepare a defense based on the details of your particular situation.