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DUI: Blood & Breath Tests

When an officer pulls someone over for suspected drunk driving, he or she may ask the individual to submit to a blood or breath test. Collins Legal’s criminal defense team breaks down what the tests mean and how to attack the credibility of the results.

Collins Legal’s DUI defense team is well-versed in this field. We help our clients be part of the statistic that learns from their mistake and never reoffends. A better tomorrow is a safer tomorrow.

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What to Expect

Being charged with a DUI is life-altering. It is a set-back that no one can afford to take lightly. Collins Legal’s DUI defense team has two priorities for all DUI clients.

  1. Dispose of the charge.
  2. Give clients the confidence to move forward with life.

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Blood & Breath Tests

In Tennessee, a person is presumed intoxicated when their blood or breath alcohol consumption [BAC] rate is 0.08%. Consequently, when an officer tests a person’s blood or breath for intoxication and the test results are equal to or above 0.08%, the officer has the authority to arrest and charge an individual with DUI. Just because the test results indicate an individual’s BAC was 0.08% or higher at the time of arrest, does not mean the person is guilty of DUI.

We advise those facing a DUI charge to retain an attorney who knows and understands DUI prosecutors, officers and laws.

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Test Result Factors to Consider

The standard factors that should be examined to determine the reliability of both blood and breath tests are provided herein. These are many avenues to attack DUI charges – these just scratch the surface.

  • In what manner was the breath sample taken?
  • How was the blood extracted from the body?
  • Was the blood or breath sample tampered with?
  • Was the blood or breath sample improperly housed or transported?
  • Has the testing device been recalled or shown to be defective?
  • Did radio interference affect the devices?
  • Is there a medical condition that could affect the test results?

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