Police often rely on blood alcohol tests to give them the probable cause to arrest people who they suspect of DUI. That means a blood alcohol test can mean the difference between going free and spending the night in jail.
While most people have at least a passing knowledge of what happens when a person is pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are some important details about blood alcohol testing of which many people are unaware. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you ever find yourself find yourself being pulled over for a DUI.
Breath vs. Blood
Generally, blood tests are considered more accurate than Breathalyzer tests. By emphasizing the inaccuracy of breath test, DUI attorneys have been able to successfully challenge the validity of Breathalyzer tests results. It’s up to you to decide: would you rather have a more accurate test result or one you could challenge later in court? However, keep in mind that if you refuse a Breathalyzer test, police can insist that you submit to a blood screening.
Under Georgia’s DUI law, it’s illegal for an adult to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. If you’re under 21, driving with a BAC of .02 or higher will get you an underage DUI.
The Price of Refusing
The price of refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test is high. Under Georgia’s motor vehicle code, any person who drives in the state has given “implied consent” to a Breathalyzer, blood, or urine test if suspected of DUI. Refusing to submit to the test will get your license automatically suspended for at least a year. This is actually a more lengthy suspension period than those proscribed for many DUI convictions.
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