DUI Breath and Blood Tests
Orange County DUI Attorney
Were you arrested for
DUI after failing or refusing a breath or blood test? If so, Orange County
DUI lawyer Virginia L. Landry may be able to help you.
To secure a conviction for DUI (driving under the influence) in Orange
County, law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney will often utilize
a driver's breath or blood test results. A breath test, blood test
or sometimes a urine test may be used to determine a driver's
blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the level of alcohol in his or her system. If a driver is operating
a motor vehicle while with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater,
he or she may be charged with DUI. Underage drivers may face license suspension
penalties with a BAC of .01% or greater, and commercial drivers may face
criminal charges with a BAC of .04% or greater.
About Breath Tests and Blood Tests
A breath test is typically administered by having a driver blow into a
breathalyzer device which analyzes a breath sample and determines the
concentration of alcohol. Breath tests are commonly considered less reliable
than blood tests and may have a number of issues arise that can affect
a driver's result, and a lawyer can bring these into question to challenge
your breath test result. For example, the machine must be calibrated frequently
and according to state standards in order for the results to be admissible
in court. If the breathalyzer device was not calibrated, your lawyer may
be able to use this to your advantage.
A blood test is conducted by taking a blood sample and then processing
this to determine the driver's blood alcohol concentration. Although
more accurate than breath tests, blood tests have their faults as well
and may be improperly handled, administered by an untrained professional
or otherwise mishandled. Your attorney may be able to use this to help
you avoid a conviction. Find out more about breath and blood tests and
DUI by contacting our firm today.