If you have gotten behind the wheel of a car, you have given “implied consent” to chemical testing and if a law enforcement officer suspects you of driving under the influence of alcohol, you must submit to a blood alcohol content test. Refusal to do so can result in the automatic suspension of your license.
The most common way a police officer tests your BAC, or blood alcohol content, is with a breathalyzer. When you blow into a breathalyzer, the device measures the amount of alcohol in the moisture in your breath and displays the concentration in a percentage. Unfortunately, breathalyzers are susceptible to malfunction like any other device and may not be accurate. For a breathalyzer result to be admissible in court, it must be administered properly, and the officer must have complied with all routine maintenance of the device.
Blood tests are another common way to check the blood alcohol content of a person who is suspected of a DUI, and it is significantly more reliable. However, a blood test is not always convenient and must be administered at the hospital. Blood tests are susceptible to contamination, and the chain of evidence must be intact for the blood test to be admissible in court.
If you have been arrested for a DUI in Mississippi and have been given a breath or blood test, call the Law Firm of Ross, Kelley & Martin, PLLC as soon as possible. We will begin working on your DUI defense immediately.