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Posted by Sean Quinlan | Dec 18, 2023 | 0 Comments

A DUI blood test is a test that measures the amount of alcohol or other drugs in a person's blood. It is one of the most common tests used to determine if someone is intoxicated. DUI blood tests are typically given at the hospital or police station after a DUI arrest.

How is a DUI blood test administered?

A DUI blood test is administered by a qualified medical professional, such as a nurse or phlebotomist. The blood is drawn from a vein in the arm. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis.

What does a DUI blood test measure?

A DUI blood test can be used to measure the following:

  • Blood alcohol concentration (BAC): BAC is the amount of alcohol in a person's blood. In most states, the legal BAC limit for driving is 0.08%.
  • Presence of other drugs: DUI blood tests can also be used to detect the presence of other drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine.

How long does it take to get the results of a DUI blood test?

The results of a DUI blood test typically take several days to come back. However, some laboratories may be able to provide results within a few hours.

What are the consequences of a DUI blood test that shows intoxication?

If a DUI blood test shows that you are intoxicated, you may face a number of consequences, including:

  • Criminal charges: You may be charged with DUI, which is a criminal offense.
  • License suspension or revocation: Your driver's license may be suspended or revoked.
  • Fines and jail time: If you are convicted of DUI, you may be fined and/or sentenced to jail time.

Defenses to a DUI blood test

There are a number of defenses that can be raised to a DUI blood test. For example, you may argue that the test was not administered properly or that the results of the test are inaccurate.

If you have been arrested for DUI and have been asked to submit to a blood test, you should contact an experienced DUI attorney immediately. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and can develop a defense strategy to help you minimize the consequences of your arrest.

DUI blood test in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, the legal BAC limit for driving is 0.08%. If you are caught driving with a BAC of 0.08% or higher, you will be charged with DUI.

Pennsylvania law also allows police officers to obtain a warrant for a blood test from a DUI suspect. This may be done if the suspect is unconscious or refuses to submit to a breathalyzer test.

If you are convicted of DUI in Pennsylvania, you may face a number of consequences, including:

  • License suspension: Your driver's license will be suspended for a minimum of six months.
  • Fines: You may be fined up to $5,000.
  • Jail time: You may be sentenced to up to six months in jail.

Tips for avoiding a DUI blood test

The best way to avoid a DUI blood test is to not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, if you are pulled over by the police and suspected of DUI, there are a few things you can do to minimize the chances of having a blood test drawn:

  • Be polite and cooperative with the police officer.
  • Do not argue with the police officer.
  • If you are asked to submit to a blood test, you can decline. However, PennDOT can suspend your license for refusing and the police officer may obtain a warrant for a blood test without your consent.

If you are facing a DUI

If you are facing a DUI, it is important to contact an experienced DUI attorney immediately. An attorney can help you understand your rights and options, and can develop a defense strategy to help you minimize the consequences of your arrest.

Conclusion

A DUI blood test is a serious matter. If you are convicted of DUI based on the results of a blood test, you may face a number of negative consequences, including license suspension, fines, and jail time. If you are facing a DUI blood test, it is important to contact an experienced DUI attorney immediately.

About the Author

Sean Quinlan

Attorney Quinlan has practiced law in Pennsylvania since 2001. He earned his J.D. at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA, and earned his B.A. at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. He also belongs to the Pennsylvania State Bar Associati...

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