Skilled DUI Defense Attorney in Fullerton
How accurate are the breath tests used to determine blood alcohol content or BAC in the state of California? This is an important question. Most of the 200,000 arrests made for driving under the influence (DUI) every year in this state are based on breath test readings. These tests, however, are highly error-prone and can result in false readings. By retaining a skilled DUI lawyer in Fullerton, you will be sure of obtaining the professional assistance you need to identify an inaccurate reading and to protect your interests and your future.
What is the process of obtaining a breath test in California?
If you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer in California on suspicion of driving under the influence, the officer may first administer a "preliminary alcohol screening" (PAS) using a handheld device commonly referred to as a breathalyzer.
This test could establish guilt and is given prior to an arrest. If you are arrested, you may experience a secondary test or "evidentiary test" at a police station or mobile police unit. This test requires a desktop breathalyzer.
Am I required to take the PAS?
No. If you have not been arrested, you have the right to turn down a preliminary breath test - unless you are under the age of 21 or you are on probation for a prior DUI conviction. You should be aware, however, that refusing to submit to a breath test could lead to enhanced penalties if you are eventually convicted of driving under the influence. Even if you are not convicted of DUI, your driver's license will most likely be suspended for at least one year because of your refusal to take the test.
Have you been arrested for drunk driving? Call the Law Offices of Randall T. Longwith right away for a free legal consultation.