Contra Costa County Breath & Blood Tests

What You Need to Know About Your DUI Arrest

If an arresting officer pulls you over for a suspected vehicle code violation, and upon further investigation suspects you of driving under the influence, they may ask you to submit to field sobriety tests (including balance & coordination tests, a roadside breathalyzer, etc.) all of which are voluntary. If the officer believes they have the facts necessary to arrest you, then you must take either a Breathalyzer or blood test. We often recommend our clients submit themselves to these mandatory tests because if you refuse your license may be suspended for a longer period of time.

Find out what you should do about your DUI arrest by calling
(925) 259-3270 to speak with our experienced Contra Costa County DUI attorney Anthony Blalock at The Blalock Law Firm, PC. We provide a free one-hour consultation to our potential new clients.

Breath vs. Blood Tests

Each test reads your blood alcohol content (BAC) a little differently. The breath test (also known as a Breathalyzer) measures the alcohol in your breath. It's not the most accurate reader, as your blood content may actually be lower than what you are blowing. If you've had a drink in less than an hour, we recommend you request the blood test.

Several factors can affect a breath test's accuracy, including:

  • Your weight and height
  • Your metabolism
  • Stress
  • Diabetes
  • Any medications you're on that affect your breath
  • Certain foods you've eaten that might register as BAC
  • A diagnosis of GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease)

A blood test measures your actual BAC. You can request the Breathalyzer if you are sure you're going to register a low BAC, but if you're not entirely certain, request a blood test. Furthermore, the blood test must be administered at the station. Waiting to get to the station before you test your BAC may give your body time to eliminate some alcohol, giving a lower reading.

We Know How to Handle Your Charges

While reviewing your case, our Contra Costa County DUI attorney Anthony Blalock examines the test you submitted to as well as the way in which it was administered. Often, the field sobriety and breathalyzer test results are dismissed if any of numerous errors occurred while the officer is administering it.

Find out more by calling DUI lawyer in Contra Costa County Anthony Blalock at (925) 259-3270.

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