Chemical tests consist of a number of different processes, and they are designed to scientifically determine an individual’s BAC (blood alcohol content). If you are arrested for DUI, then you may be subject to chemical testing in order to determine your intoxication level, and possibly to have your charges increased. Facing charges of drunk driving can pose significant difficulties in your life, your future could be damaged, your career could be severely hurt, and you could suffer other consequences if you are convicted.
You need a lawyer on your side who knows the process, that has experience in this area, and that can fight aggressively for your rights. Our Law Firm is dedicated to serving clients and helping them achieve the results that they need. You need to retain the services of our Attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you retain his skilled services, the more time he will have to build a strong defense of your case. It is important to recognize the significance of chemical testing in the situation that you face.
Two of the more common types of chemical test that are used to determine BAC are the breath and the blood test.
Datamaster Breath Test
In the state of South Carolina, the only legal breath test device is known as the Datamaster (DMT). This type of breath test utilizes an infrared technology in order to calculate the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath. A breathalyzer is used to determine the amount of alcohol in a person’s system, by a reading of alcohol on their breath. While this may seem like a highly scientific form of testing, it is crucial to recognize that the readings obtained through this test are often highly unreliable. Breath tests measure the amount of alcohol on a person’s breath, therefore the reading can be drastically affected by a small amount of alcohol still remaining in a person’s mouth.
Blood or Urine Test
If you are unconscious or otherwise unable to provide a breath sample, or if you request a blood test after taking a breath test, a blood test may be taken from you at a local hospital. Likewise, if you provide a breath sample of alcohol below a prosecutable limit, but have provided the arresting officer with evidence that you may be under the influence of drugs or other intoxicants, you may be given a urine test at a local hospital to check for the presence of drugs in your system.
While these tests have certain advantages and disadvantages over the breath test, it is crucial to recognize that when people are conducting the test and handling evidence, there is always the possibility of human error.
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