This is the third of a four-part series of blogs delving into the reliability of BAC tests commonly used by law enforcement officers in Ohio.
This blog considers the reliability of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) blood tests. Other BAC tests that will be considered in previous or following blogs are the BAC breath test, or breathalyzer, and the BAC urine test, or urinalysis. If any of these tests have been administered to you after a DUI traffic stop, you should contact an experienced Columbus DUI attorney right away. Call Luftman, Heck & Associates today at (614) 500-3836.
BAC Blood Test
The BAC blood test is thought to be the most reliable method of determining the level of alcohol in the body. However, issues can arise involving the chemistry used to evaluate a blood sample.
Law enforcement must receive consent from an individual in order to conduct a blood test for alcohol. However, if you refuse to take a blood test, you may incur significant negative administrative legal consequences, including the loss of your driving privileges. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), individuals who submit to blood testing tend to receive lesser fines and shorter jail terms than those who fail to comply. The decision about whether to take a blood test or not should be made after serious consideration and, when possible, consultation with an attorney. Before submitting to a blood test, ask to consult with a DUI lawyer.
The manner in which blood samples are stored and handled can impact the results of these BAC tests. Incorrect storage before analysis can result in decomposition or coagulation of the blood, leading to an inaccurate result. Other issues can interfere with accurate results as well, including the presence of certain prescription and nonprescription medicines, diabetic complications, certain herbal supplements, and the use of rubbing alcohol to clean the skin prior to needle insertion.
A Columbus DUI Lawyer Can Help You
Columbus DUI lawyers representing you can review the procedures used by law enforcement and determine if the analysis of your blood throughout every stage of testing was performed properly and accurately. The results of your DUI case may depend on the ability of your attorney to find any inconsistencies or errors in the testing process. For more information about BAC blood tests and how to defend yourself against a DUI charge, contact Luftman, Heck & Associates today at (614) 500-3836.