DUI Tests Performed in Tampa
Field Sobriety, Breath & Blood Tests
One of the most crucial pieces of evidence used in cases of drunk driving
cases is that of the driver’s
blood alcohol level (BAL). This is often gathered by the law enforcement during the arrest
process and is used to help determine whether or not the driver was impaired
by alcohol. In the state of Florida, a driver can be arrested if they
ae found to be driving with a BAL of 0.08 percent of more.
To determine their BAL, police officers will utilize certain tests, such
as blood, breath, and field sobriety tests. We explain some of these below:
Field Sobriety Tests: One common form of DUI testing are field sobriety tests administered at
the time of arrest. There are countless types of tests, but only three
“standardized” tests. These include the walk and turn (WAT),
one-leg stand (OLS), and horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN). All of these
are administered to test the driver’s ability to listen to directions,
their normal faculties, and more.
Breath Test: Another common form of DUI testing is the breath test, which can be administered
roadside or back at the police station. This test is completed with the
help of a machine (ex: Intoxilyzer 8000). All the driver does is blows
into the machine, which then measures the concentration of alcohol within
the driver’s lungs to determine the amount of alcohol that is in
Blood Testing: One of the most scientific forms of DUI testing is testing of the actual
blood. This is always done at either a hospital or police station by a
certified individual who draws a blood sample and sends it off to the
lab for testing. While it seems the most foolproof, there are still ways
in which the resulting evidence may be faulty—for example, if the
sample was not properly stored.
Get the Help of Aggressive DUI Attorneys
At Thomas & Paulk, our
Tampa DUI lawyers know that no evidence is completely infallible in a DUI case and there
is a long distance between an arrest and a conviction. For this reason,
if you have been accused of drinking and driving, you should not hesitate
to contact our firm as soon as possible. We know the ways in which these
forms of evidence can be challenged, and we know how to protect your legal rights.
Call now for a free case evaluation!