Understanding Breath and Blood Tests in Ventura
Were you given a breath test?
The breathalyzer test is the most important piece of evidence used to convict an individual of DUI. It is used to measure the units of alcohol in the breath of an individual suspected of driving under the influence. If the blood alcohol content (BAC) result is 0.08% or higher, the police officer will arrest you and you will be charged with DUI. What most people do not know is that the breathalyzer device is not always accurate.
Many factors can influence the accuracy of the blood alcohol content result. Is the device certified, has it been well maintained, are there existing defects, and was the test properly administered by the police officer? The breath test only offers an approximation of what the alcohol content is in the blood. It is important to request a second breath sample to test independently in order to contest the result of the initial breath test conducted by the police officer.
A small margin of error in the accuracy of a breath test can have large consequences on the individual charged with DUI. Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP will be able to offer you sound legal advice in charges of DUI, from misdemeanor to felony. Our firm's reputation for thoroughly examining the evidence, challenging breath and blood tests, and collaborating with medical specialists gives our clients a better chance to fight such charges.