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Does the Timing of DUI Tests Affect the Results?

One factor that your lawyer will investigate to challenge the DUI test results is the time they were taken. The outcome of your case will depend on the amount of time that passes between you operating a vehicle to the time the breath or blood test was taken.

Your level of intoxication may rise or fall depending on when you had your last drink and how much time has elapsed since you began drinking. If you are driving while it is still on the rise, the result of the test will be higher than what it was when you were driving. In some cases, it will take up to 4 hours for a person to absorb alcohol and eliminate it from their system. This will vary depending on age, weight, diet, and gender.

Challenging Tests Results with Aggressive DUI Attorneys in Tampa, FL

There are many ways in which these tests can be inaccurate or administered poorly. Law enforcement is held to high standards of evidence gathering, and sometimes these standards are not upheld, either out of the emotion during the arrest, improper training, or some other factor. When this occurs, it means the prosecution's case is vulnerable and your lawyer may be able to get the DUI charge dropped altogether.

Your Tampa DUI defense lawyer may question the following:

  • The way in which a test was administered
  • The officer’s evaluation of performance on a test
  • The qualifications of the individual who conducted the test
  • The timing of the DUI test
  • The devices used to conduct the tests
  • Any other factors that could have affected the DUI test results

Our team of DUI defense attorneys can do a complete investigation of your situation and determine if any mistakes, errors, or violations occurred in the process. At Thomas & Paulk, our Tampa DUI lawyers know that no evidence is immune to challenge, and there is a long distance between an arrest and a conviction. After thousands of cases handled, we know what it takes to win acquittal or get a case thrown out of court. 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 us today.

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At Thomas & Paulk, one of our primary focuses is on the defense of DUI charges. In fact, we are recognized throughout the Tampa area as one of the premier DUI defense law firms. Our team is well-versed in this area of the law and has a wide-expanse of experience in helping our clients fight against such charges.

It doesn’t matter if this is your first offense or your third, you can count on our firm to protect your legal rights. Often, our defense starts with recounting with you how the police officer came to stop you in the first place and how he or she came to believe you may be under the influence of alcohol. If the stop was illegal, or the tests were improperly administered, we may be able to argue for the dismissal of that evidence in court, helping your chances of a dropped charge.

If you would like to learn more about how our team can help, contact us today.

  • If you're arrested for DUI, you only have 10 days to schedule a DMV hearing where you can fight to save your license.

  • A blood alcohol reading of 0.15% or more can warrant an aggravated DUI charge with harsher penalties.

  • Each year, Hillsborough County issues around 4,000 DUI citations. Out of these, more than 3,000 are found guilty.

  • Per Florida's zero-tolerance policy, anyone under the age of 21 who tests positive for any measurable blood alcohol can be charged with DUI.

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