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Understanding Chemical Testing

After an individual is pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence, they must submit to chemical testing according to Pennsylvania State laws. This is called the Implied Consent Law and it requires that the driver submit to breath, blood or urine testing within two hours from when the law enforcement officer stopped the vehicle. Should you choose to refuse these tests, your license will be suspended and you can later receive penalties for both the DUI and refusal if you are convicted. It is strongly recommended that you do not attempt to fight the testing, but if you have there are still other ways of obtaining a solid defense.

Three Types of Tests

Most commonly used, the breathalyzer measures the percentage of blood alcohol content (BAC) level that is within the individuals system at the time the officer pulls them over. The individual will be asked to blow into the device and if their BAC is above .08 percent and they are over 21 years of age, they will most likely be arrested on accusation of driving drunk. Any underage driver with over .02 percent BAC level in their blood stream will also be charged with a DUI. Despite the way that law officers rely on this machine for its accuracy, the breathalyzer can often malfunction and produce improper readings. The individual may also have certain health conditions that could alter the result. It is important that you seek out a qualified Pittsburgh DUI lawyer to help protect your rights.

Another test that is utilized is the blood test. This must be performed at a police station and is thought to be the most accurate. Even this test has its problems; however, as there can be contamination on the alcohol swab that is wiped on the driver's arm before drawing blood. Sometimes even the preservative and anti-coagulant that is placed in the blood sample can cause it to ferment and invariably create alcohol within the sample. Lastly, individuals can choose to take a urine test, but this is considered the least accurate due to the amount of complications and issues that arise when testing it.

Acquiring Passionate and Aggressive Representation

There can be many ways that a qualified Pittsburgh criminal defense lawyer can help to defend your DUI charges, even if your chemical test seems infallible. If the officer did not lawfully stop the driver after finding sufficient reason to pull him or her over, there could be a good chance that the case penalties could be diminished or even dismissed entirely. It is important to have a knowledgeable Pittsburgh DUI lawyer at your side if you have been charged with a DUI after receiving a chemical test. Attorney Blaine Jones is highly experienced at creating case defenses that are highly successful. 

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