After being charged with a DUI, a blood test might be administered to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels. Since this test requires the attention of a qualified individual, blood tests are generally not given at the scene to ensure the sample is not compromised. If a qualified individual did not administer your blood test or it was stored or transported improperly, your DUI attorney could challenge the accuracy of its results.
Taking a Blood Test
There are many key components involved in obtaining a blood sample in a DUI case. First, every state has an implied consent law, which means that, if you refuse to submit to a blood test, you will face some penalties, such as an automatic license suspension or revocation, depending on the details of your circumstances. Driving is considered a privilege and, therefore, when you operate a motor vehicle, you are essentially giving your consent to DUI testing.
Additionally, although every state has implied consent laws, in 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court found that police must first acquire a warrant before compelling a driver to submit to a blood test, unless the individual is unconscious. However, a warrant is not required if, instead of a blood test, a breathalyzer test is administered. If an individual refuses to submit to a breathalyzer test, he or she might face criminal charges for this refusal. If an individual refuses a blood test, he or she will not face criminal charges.
When a blood test is administered without a warrant, it is considered unconstitutional and, as a result, it can result in a dismissal of your DUI case. A person’s blood is a matter of privacy and, unlike a breath test, it is considerably more intrusive and invasive, which is why a warrant is necessary in such cases. Remember, your blood can do more than reveal your BAC levels and, much like your home, the Fourth Amendment protects it against unreasonable search and seizure. That is why, although your license might still be suspended or revoked for refusing this test, you will not suffer any criminal charges for exercising your constitutional right.
If refused to submit to a blood test, but law enforcement disregarded it and obtained a sample, you must reach out to an experienced attorney to ensure your case is properly handled and your rights are protected.
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