While breath tests are used more often on those suspected of drunk driving, police are increasingly choosing to use blood tests to determine a driver’s intoxication level. Many cops do not like blood tests because they are more costly, more invasive and can be retested by a client’s criminal defense lawyer. In reality, blood tests are better for the police. They are more precise than breathalyzers and also be used to test for drug use, which is beneficially to them when it is a cased of drugged driving as opposed to drunk driving.
If you have been arrested for drunk driving and have been asked to take a blood test, it is important to refuse the test, unless you are confident you haven’t drank much (or at all) and that your blood alcohol content level is below the legal limit in your state, which is often 0.08 percent. If you’re in doubt when asked to comply with a blood alcohol test, it is best not to take it.
Did you know?
For a while, some states allowed the police to test a driver’s blood without permission, but this regulation has been found unconstitutional and now many states have the right to refuse a blood test.
If you have questions about the blood test laws in your area, it is important to speak with a local lawyer for an accurate answer.