Breath & Blood Tests in Ventura

Our Experienced DUI Lawyer Can Help

Have you been arrested for refusing to take a blood or breath test? Our Ventura DUI lawyer, Robert F. Sommers, understands what you may be going through. He has worked on more than 4, 000 DUI cases involving a broad range of complex circumstances. He can mount a defense on your behalf, even if you believe that the odds may be stacked too high against you.

Your chances of contesting a DUI charge based on blood or breath tests ultimately depends on how competent your defense is. When you have The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers behind you, there is very little that can stand in your way. Be sure to contact us today to discuss your case!

How Blood Alcohol Concentration Is Used for DUI Investigations

Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measures the amount of alcohol found in your blood system. If an officer has reasonable suspicion that someone has been driving drunk, that officer can arrest the driver and ask him or to submit to a blood or breath test to measure BAC.

The California Driver Handbook states the following:

  • All drivers who are over the age of 21 who measure a BAC of 0.08% or above are considered legally drunk and are prohibited from operating a vehicle.
  • Drivers with a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are found driving with a BAC of 0.04% are considered over the legal limit.
  • Drivers under the age of 21 and drivers who are currently serving DUI probation are prohibited from driving with a BAC of 0.01%.

Have you been arrested for driving under the influence? Is there a possibility that there may have been an error in your BAC testing? Call The Law Offices of Robert F. Sommers today!

How Is BAC Measured?

Breath tests use a breathalyzer unit. The driver will blow into the device to provide a breath sample. On the other hand, for a blood test, the driver will provide a sample of their blood, which is brought to a laboratory for testing.

Penalties for BAC Test Refusal

When a police officer pulls you over, he or she may ask you to submit to a blood or breath test to measure your BAC. There is an “implied consent” law in California, which means that all licensed drivers are expected to submit to these tests. There are some penalties for refusing to submit to the test.

These penalties might include:

The penalties will only enhance for any subsequent offenses. If convicted of DUI, one could face penalties for both refusal as well as conviction. It is for this reason that we highly recommend that you seek legal counsel from a Ventura DUI attorney. DUI cases that depend on the results of BAC test can be refuted, as history has shown that sometimes the results of these tests are not always the most reliable.

Get Us on Your Case!

You have every right to defend yourself if you have been accused of driving under the influence. Especially concerning blood and breath tests, where there may be such a large margin of error. Our Ventura breath and blood test lawyers know how to look at cases and see if there may have been an oversight or flimsy evidence on the prosecutor or law enforcement’s part.

Begin with a free case consultation by calling (805) 919-8662.

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