Panama City DUI Lawyer
Breath and Blood Tests: DUI Defenses
The state of Florida has an "implied consent" law that gives
law enforcement the right to collect a breath, blood or urine sample from
any individual they have legally placed under arrest for a suspected
Once an officer has administered the standardized field sobriety tests
and/or used a portable breathalyzer machine in the field to establish
probable cause, he or she will then require the individual to submit to
further blood or breath tests. Blood and breath tests are used by law
enforcement officers to more accurately determine whether an individual
has been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They are also
used to collect "conclusive" evidence as to the exact blood
alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver at the time of his or her arrest.
Unless these tests are properly administered by trained personnel, blood
or breath test results cannot be submitted into evidence in a DUI case.
A key part of
the defense process involves analyzing each of the steps, both prior to the arrest and following
the arrest, so as to shed light on any discrepancies or incorrect administration
of the chemical test. There are numerous issues which can cause the results
of a blood or breath test to be rendered inaccurate. Inexperience on behalf
of the individual administering the bests, a contaminated sample, an undisclosed
illness, prescription medication, breathing patterns, ambient temperature,
faulty or outdated equipment, and numerous other external factors can
all have a direct impact on the test results.
Contact a Panama City DUI Attorney
If you have been arrested for DUI in Panama City, it is in your best interest
to obtain legal representation from a skilled attorney who possesses a
comprehensive knowledge of the DUI arrest process. Our firm has had much
success helping clients challenge breath test or blood test evidence so
as to avoid the
penalties that could be imposed upon a defendant in a DUI conviction. Our legal
skills are highly-regarded and we are known for having an innate ability
to uncover errors and mistakes that could dramatically shift the outcome
in your favor.
To help protect your interests, it is vital that you be made aware of your
legal rights and that you do not compromise those rights by providing
a statement, admission of guilt or any other evidence to the police without
first consulting with a Panama City DUI lawyer. We are here to provide
you with the aggressive defense you will need when fighting DUI charges.
Call our Panama City DUI defense office today and schedule an appointment to discuss your case and review the
options available to you.