DUI Chemical Sobriety Testing—Peoria, Arizona

Chemical sobriety tests are used to measure the BAC of someone who is possibly driving under the influence. These types of tests involve collecting breath, blood, and/or urine samples. In Arizona, a law enforcement officer may request a chemical test if:

  • They have reasonable grounds to believe the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • The driver is under 21 and has alcohol in the system
  • The person is dead, unconscious, or in a state that renders them incapable of refusing the test
  • The driver is suspected of causing an injury or death due to driving under the influence

Arizona Implied Consent Law

While you can refuse to take a standard field sobriety test, it is against Arizona’s Implied Consent law to refuse a chemical test. Under the Implied Consent law, you essentially consent to a BAC test when you are given a driver’s license in Arizona. If you refuse, your license will be suspended. In Peoria, Arizona specifically, other consequences include an order of suspension. The process to suspend or revoke your license has begun. You have 15 days to request a hearing otherwise, the order becomes final. As we’ve discussed in other sections, a Peoria DUI conviction consequences include:

  • Potential jail time,
  • Fees and Fines,
  • Community service, and
  • Traffic school.

Accuracy of Sobriety Testing

Sobriety tests are only reported to be accurate 65-77 percent of the time, but police continue to use them. People can still reportedly “fail” them even if they are unimpaired drivers. Different variables can skew the data like:

  • Health conditions like GERD or diabetes
  • Foods consumed
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Prescription medication
  • Age

Challenging DUI Sobriety Test Results & Aggressively Defending Peoria DUI Charges

Even if you fail a sobriety test, it does not mean you’re guilty. To get charges dropped, penalties reduced, and your driving privileges intact, you need to consult an experienced DUI attorney firm like the Rosenstein Law Group.

We can help you investigate the accuracy of your sobriety test and mount an aggressive defense. Our attorneys are experts in these matters; for example, Attorney Craig Rosenstein has certifications for blood and urine testing and trained in breathalyzers like the Intoxilyzer 8000. Call us at any time of day or night at 480-248-7666. You can also request a free consultation by filling out a contact form here.