Breath and Blood Tests in Jacksonville
In Florida, you will receive a
DUI if your breath or blood test proves an alcohol content of 0.08 percent
or above. If proven guilty, serious
DUI penalties are guaranteed. Unfortunately, mistakes with blood and breath tests and
other types of
field sobriety tests can put innocent drivers at risk to unjust penalties. If you have been
unfairly charged with a DUI, you need to get in touch with a DUI lawyer
as soon as possible!
Challenging the Breath & Blood Tests
You are required to take a breath test if told to do so by an officer,
or you will lose driving privileges for a year – but what if the
test you were commanded to take falsely accuses you of a DUI? Breathalyzers
can often be inaccurate. Most breath test machines use infrared spectroscopy
to test the amount of methyl groups in your breath. These methyl groups
are not only found in alcohol. They are a significant component in acetone:
a common flammable liquid in gasoline, paint thinner, glue, and nail polish
remover. If any of these substances are inhaled prior to a breath test,
it can cause a test to read positive. Our own bodies produce a form of
acetone as well as over 100 other methyl groups, which can also cause
In the state of Florida, blood test administration is restricted to registered
nurses and doctors or other "qualified persons." Refusal to
submit to a blood test results in one year of
license suspension. Still, blood tests can be handled in ways that can cause your
blood alcohol content to read positive when you are sober. Lack of sterilization, preservative
or refrigeration issues, coagulation, and fermentation problems may cause
an innocent person to be accused of drunk driving. As well, there is a
possibility that your blood vial may have been mislabeled or switched,
causing you to suffer the consequences for someone else's crime.
Why a Jacksonville DUI attorney?
The attorneys at
Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. are knowledgeable in DUI cases and experienced with the legalities of
Florida State Law. With over 90 years of combined legal experience, our
firm will fight hard to prove your innocence. If you would like to discuss
your case with an attorney who is knowledgeable in this area of the law,
it is extremely important that you do not hesitate to contact us immediately.
We are standing by and are ready to help you. Call (904) 701-0591 today.