Blood vs. Breath Test: What Are My Rights?
Did you know that you have the right to refuse a breathalyzer test, if a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving?
If you refuse the DUI field sobriety test, law enforcement will assume you are guilty. If you are arrested, you have the right to request a blood test instead of a breath test, if you agree to pay for it.
Call a DUI defense attorney at Bauer Crider & Parry at 1-866-387-8952 for skilled DUI defense strategies. We have law offices in Tampa, Clearwater and Port Richey, and represent clients throughout south Florida on DUI charges.
DUI Blood Test vs. Breath Test
Results from a field sobriety breath test are seldom conclusive. The breathalyzer may be used again and again by different police officers who may not receive regular breathalyzer training. If the breathalyzer is not well maintained or calibrated, results may not be consistent.
Results of breathalyzer tests may also be affected by your body weight, fitness level and health concerns such as diabetes or a low carbohydrate diet.
For these reasons, our attorneys want you to know that you can refuse the breath test and ask for a blood test. If your request for a blood test is denied, it may weaken the State's case, and prosecutors may not be able to use the results of the breath test against you.
Our Goal Is to Work Things Out in your Favor
Your future will depend on how well your DUI defense attorneys do their jobs. If you are charged with DUI, do not lose this opportunity to protect yourself and defend your rights.
In Florida there is no grand jury system. That means that the State Attorney's office will investigate the DUI, then formally charge you.
A criminal defense attorney at Bauer Crider & Parry won't wait for the State. We will move for dismissal or reduced charges.
You don't have to plead guilty. Contact us in our Tampa, Clearwater or Port Richey, Florida, law offices. Your first consultation with a qualified DUI lawyer is free. Call toll-free 1-866-387-8952.