Fighting DWI Charges: Challenging Blood And Breath Test Results

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is at .08 or higher. You BAC is measured through a blood, breath or urine test. Many people assume that if their BAC is higher than the legal limit, then they are automatically guilty of drunk driving and may as well accept the consequences. The truth is these tests are not perfect, and an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you attack the evidence.

You can start protecting your rights with legal counsel from the Law Offices of Christy M. Hall in Racine. Attorney Christy M. Hall has been defending people against DWI/OWI/DUI charges across southeastern Wisconsin since 1998. She understands how to build a defense that is designed to help minimize the consequences of a drunk driving charge.

Preliminary Breath Tests

If you are pulled over for suspicion of driving under the influence, a police officer may request that you submit to a preliminary breath test (PBT). This test is used to help bolster the police's claim that they had probable cause to stop you in the first place. You cannot be penalized for refusing to submit to this particular test. However, if you refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer or blood test after being placed under arrest, you may face additional penalties.

Refusing Blood Alcohol Tests

You do not have to agree to a blood alcohol test after you have been arrested. However, refusal typically means an automatic suspension of your driver's license, and your refusal may also be used as evidence against you in court.

Attacking The Results

A BAC of .08 or higher does not mean that you are left with no defenses to a charge of drunk driving. Test results may be inaccurate because the machine was not properly calibrated or because the person administering the test may have made mistakes. If a blood sample did not follow the proper chain of evidence, then that sample may not be allowed in court as evidence against you. In addition, a warrant is required in order to draw a blood sample.

Christy M. Hall will review all of the evidence against you and challenge it at every turn, ensuring that your rights remain protected every step of the way.

Legal Help Begins With A Free Initial Consultation

Contact the Law Offices of Christy M. Hall at 262-822-3187 or by email today for a free consultation about challenging the results of blood and breath tests. All major credit cards are accepted, and weekend and evening appointments are available.