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California Crime Lab Discovers Inaccurate Blood Alcohol Tests in Almost 2,200 Cases

According the Los Angeles Times, 2,200 DUI cases involved incorrect blood alcohol tests at the Orange County Crime Lab. While this might only change dozens of DUI charges, nine hundred people received letters notifying them that their DUI conviction included an inaccurate blood alcohol test. This problem had gone unnoticed for almost five months. An audit found that human error accounted for an incorrectly calibrated instrument on one of its machines. These blood sample tests were skewed by 0.003 percentage points. That may not seem like a big deal, but in some cases it could change the outcome.

There are around 200 cases where the blood alcohol content would change by 0.01, which is significant for borderline test results. In fact, twenty people would see their BAC change to 0.07 percent, which would place them below the legal standard for impairment. While this is far from guaranteeing that these charges will be dismissed, this could substantially alter those cases. Even if the charges are not dropped, sentencing could be reduced.

While such widespread testing errors are not common, they can still happen on an individual basis. Blood tests are supposed to be the one of the most accurate chemical tests there are in a DUI case, but even these are open to human error. Even the slightest slipup in a test can have huge implications for someone who is facing a DUI charge.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, then you need to act quickly to retain the relentless DUI defense lawyer you need. If you get time on your side, this will enable an attorney to have the time necessary to scrutinize your case for any errors, any openings to get your charge reduced or even dismissed altogether. Learn what a powerhouse Tampa DUI lawyer can do for you when you contact Thomas & Paulk, P.A. today!

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