DUI charges are serious offenses which could significantly alter oneâ€™s life. DUI testing methods in the state of Georgia have the potential to produce false results.
Drinking and driving is clearly a negligent action; one that can cause death or injury to innocent victims. Certainly, those who commit the offense should be held accountable for their actions. While many people think that DUIs are open and shut cases, not all DUI cases are cut and dry because there is the potential for error in testing methods.
In Georgia, the state relies on one company, Becton-Dickinson, as a vendor for the blood collection kits used in all DUI investigations. These blood collection kits used by state and county police forces in Georgia all have an expiration date, and if this date has passed there is a potential for error in the test results. The kits can potentially give false results because of stale preservative, a defective seal or an insufficient level of potassium oxalate.Â If the seal on a blood alcohol kit is broken, there is the potential for a number of different organisms to penetrate the vial. The addition of these organisms can significantly alter the results of a test. If a kit were truly contaminated, the arresting officer would not have an accurate picture of what an individualâ€™s blood alcohol level was at the time of the incident.
A DUI conviction is a serious offense that could result in an individual being imprisoned for one or more days, a fine of up to $1,000, a possible loss of full driving privileges for up to a year, community service hours, a permanent record of the DUI conviction, loss of insurance coverage, or increased insurance renewal rates. As such, being wrongfully convicted can have catastrophic effects on an individualâ€™s life. It can cause a significant financial burden as well as a loss of personal freedom.
Not all DUI cases can be challenged, as it may be difficult to prove that the blood alcohol test kit was contaminated. However, itâ€™s important that law enforcement officials make sure that the equipment they are using is intact and can give accurate results. Not taking the time to do so could result in convicting an innocent person.
Attorneys at Webb & Dâ€™Orazio have extensive experience handling DUI cases and will use their expertise to defend those who have been wrongfully accused.
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Webb & Dâ€™Orazio are Atlanta personal injury lawyers practicing personal injury lawyer, business law, and criminal defense in Atlanta Georgia.