Menu FREE Consult Request
Board Certified DUI Attorney
${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Available to help 24/7
480-248-7666
Where were you arrested? A DUI is a state offense, but each jurisdiction handles them slightly differently.

After a DUI Arrest, You Have a Right to an Independent Blood Test

When a person is arrested in Arizona for driving under the influence (DUI), and a blood sample is drawn, the arresting officer is required to advise the person that they may have an independent test of their blood performed. However, in Arizona it is very difficult to find a facility willing to draw blood after business hours (typically when a DUI arrest occurs), and test it for alcohol concentration. By the time the person finds such a facility, secures transportation to that facility, and waits for blood to be drawn, many hours have passed. Due to the fact that alcohol disappears from one's system over time, this is can be an important issue.

Furthermore, the trauma of being arrested for a DUI often makes individuals not inclined to embark on a journey to retest their blood right after being released from police custody. Most people are so upset by what can be a multi-hour ordeal, when they leave the police station they ask the cab driver or friend to take them right home. What these people don't realize is that the state's lab test of their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is not always 100% correct. Some even think that the state's crime lab will clear them of wrongdoing. That is until they see the results.

Additionally, most people don't know that during a typical trial in a DUI case, Arizona city and county prosecutors love to tell the jury that the defendant had an opportunity to get an independent blood test done, yet chose not to have his or her blood retested. This statement implies to the jury that the defendant was guilty, and knew that fact-regardless of whether that is true or false.

1 Comment

Leave a comment
Comment Information
We play an active role in the civic life of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
We support Scottsdale's Taste of the Town festival that benefits the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as the annual Toys for Tots campaign. Our firm also contributes to a number of other local organizations, including Home 'Fur' Good, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the euthanasia of adoptable homeless cats and dogs in Maricopa County.
AACJ Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb Top Attorney DUI Super Lawyers Arizona Trial Lawyers Association Attorney At Law Magazine Contributing Editor Arizona Attorneys For Criminal Justice Established 1986

Free Consultation With A Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer

When you need effective, strategic defense, contact us 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 480-248-7666. We are ready and waiting for your call.

Bold labels are required.

Please note that First AND/OR Last Name, and Email AND/OR Phone are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Free Consultation With A Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer FREE Consult Request