Detroit DUI Breathalyzer Test
One of the most prominent pieces of evidence used against suspects in drunk driving cases is often blood alcohol content testing. Police use roadside BAC tests to establish probable cause to arrest a suspect, and usually supplement this evidence with a secondary blood or breath test after the suspect is in custody. These tests are not 100% accurate, however, and careful attention to detail is necessary to ensure incorrect results do not affect the outcome of a Detroit DUI case. Grabel & Associates has the knowledge and experience needed to protect against BAC test errors and will fight to protect you from wrongful conviction due to breathalyzer test mistakes. We know what it takes to overcome BAC evidence and achieve a just result in your OWI case, and our Detroit DUI lawyers are always available to begin working together with you in your unique case.
OWI Defense Attorneys in Detroit, MI
Our team has worked under the direction of trial lawyer Scott Grabel for over a decade, and we know what it takes to help clients achieve exceptional results in OWI cases. Every one of our lawyers has extensive experience working in tough criminal cases, and we understand the laws and legal issues that affect DUI cases, and how they could impact your specific case. We also are familiar with the courts and judges in the Detroit area and are able to provide comprehensive defense strategies tailored to the specifics of your case and area of Michigan it will be heard in.
Challenge BAC test results and fight back against wrongful conviction by hiring an attorney as soon as possible. Grabel & Associates is available 24/7 to help you fight for an outstanding case outcome.
BAC Tests Used in Detroit OWI Cases
There are two main types of blood alcohol content tests commonly used in Michigan. These tests measure the amount of alcohol in your system as a percentage, and any BAC over 0.08% allows officers to proceed as if a suspect is legally intoxicated, regardless of any other evidence that may or may not be present. In some cases, such as those involving commercial drivers or persons under the age of 21, the legal BAC limit is much lower than 0.08%.
The first of the two types of tests is a breath test, commonly referred to as a Breathalyzer test. This test can be administered roadside using a portable Breathalyzer device, though these are not as accurate as most other chemical tests.
The second type of BAC test is a blood test, which is known to be more accurate than a breath test, though mistakes can still occur in many cases. Blood tests are to be administered under the supervision of a trained medical professional, and are usually administered after a suspect has already been taken into custody.
A third type of test, a urine test, is rarely used in DUI cases, though it can be used in cases involving driving while under the influence of drugs. Our lawyers are familiar with all three of the chemical tests that can be used and the potential errors that need to be challenged when fighting an OWI conviction in Detroit. Contact our team now to learn more about blood alcohol content testing and how it could affect your case.
Breathalyzer Test Mistakes in Michigan
Common mistakes made during blood alcohol content testing include:
- Errors during calibration of device.
- Incorrect or confusing instructions.
- Operating a Breathalyzer without an up to date license to do so.
- Administering a blood test without a medical professional.
- Ignorance of possible mouth alcohol.
- Procedural errors during set up or administration of a test.
- Attempting to use inadmissible roadside breath test results as evidence.
Refusing to Take a Breath Test – Misdemeanor Charges in Detroit
Though breath tests are not always accurate, it is still usually not a good idea to refuse to take one, even if you believe it may read that you are intoxicated. Refusing a roadside breath test is illegal, as anyone with a driver’s license has already signed off consent to submit to any lawful request for a BAC test made by an officer. If you refuse to take a Breathalyzer test, you could lose your license for 2 years or more, and police will still likely have probable cause to arrest you and charge you with OWI.
Our Approach to MI Operating While Intoxicated Defense
Over the past 10 years, our clients have benefitted from the vast experience of our knowledgeable attorneys and gained valuable guidance and direction throughout investigation and trial in Detroit DUI cases. Our proven results demonstrate how effective our individualized defense approach is, even in the toughest cases, and we are available now to begin applying the same proven strategies to your case.
Contact Grabel & Associates for Detroit OWI/DUI Defense
To speak with an experienced case analyst about how our law firm can help you fight DUI conviction, call 1-800-342-7896 or contact our team online for a free initial case consultation. We are available 24/7 to stand with you in your fight for justice and we are dedicated to helping you achieve the best possible case result.