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Breath and Blood Tests

When arrested for DUI in Sarasota, Florida, a driver will typically be given a choice between a breath test and blood test to determine his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC). While you can refuse this testing, a refusal will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license – regardless of whether you were actually driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • A breath test is administered by having you breathe into a machine called an Intoxilyzer 8000. This machine will evaluate the breath sample to determine the level of alcohol deep within your lungs. This level is said to correlate with the level of alcohol in your blood.
  • A blood test is administered by taking a sample of your blood and then evaluating this sample through a chemical process, to determine the level of alcohol (or drugs) in your system.

Both breath and blood tests have their faults. They are subject to improper administration or operator error, and this can mean that a driver may face DUI charges when he or she actually had a BAC below the legal limit. At Finebloom & Haenel, we are experienced in representing clients who have been accused of failing or refusing breath tests and blood tests. When you work with a Sarasota DUI lawyer at our firm, we will use our knowledge and experience to your benefit as we protect your rights and freedom.

Challenging Your Breath Test or Blood Test

There are actually a number of ways that a skilled attorney can challenge your breath test or blood test. We can ask important questions that could lead to the discovery that the test result was invalid:

  • Was the test administered by a trained professional?
  • Was the Intoxilyzer properly calibrated?
  • Was the blood sample handled properly?
  • Do you have a physical condition or illness which may lead to a false reading on a breath or blood test?
  • Was the test administered properly?

Contact a Sarasota DUI attorney at Finebloom & Haenel today for a free consultation regarding your case.

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