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How Reliable are BAC Tests?

Posted On: November 2nd, 2017   |   Posted by: Luftman, Heck & Associates LLP
Woman about to be given BAC Test

This is the first of a four-part series of blogs delving into the reliability of BAC tests commonly used by law enforcement officers in Ohio.

Every state, including Ohio, designates an individual with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater as legally intoxicated, which also subjects them to the charge of driving under the influence (DUI). With that standard set, a question arises as to the best way of determining BAC. Also, how reliable, in fact, are BAC tests performed by law enforcement?

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The Three BAC Tests

Three of the most frequently used methods for determining BAC are the breathalyzer, blood, and urine tests.

  • BAC Blood Tests – Blood tests, although more inconvenient and invasive than the other two options, are generally the most accurate method. With these blood tests, a sample is taken from the subject’s veins in a clinical or hospital setting.
  • BAC Breathalyzer Tests – Due to the inconvenience and delay necessary for blood tests, breath tests using breathalyzers, as well as preliminary breath testers, are used extensively by law enforcement in the field. These are portable, lightweight devices that make it easy for officers to administer.
  • BAC Urine Tests – Urine tests are the least accurate of the three testing procedures, and are generally used when no other BAC testing options are available.

These BAC tests (breathalyzer, blood, and urine) are used in various circumstances to determine the BAC level of an individual who is accused of DUI. However, some are more accurate than others. In the next few blogs, we will investigate each of these tests further. An experienced attorney defending you against your DUI charge will be able to demonstrate any testing inconsistencies or inaccuracies that may be present in your case.

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If you have been pulled over and arrested for DUI in the State of Ohio, you may be uncertain of your legal options going forward. At Luftman, Heck & Associates, our experienced attorneys can help you understand your charges, the possible consequences of conviction, and the strategies we can employ to fight for the reduction, or if possible, the removal of the penalties you are facing.

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