The Challenges of Challenging DUI Tests

Posted by Troy Slaten | Sep 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

California prosecutors are concerned about the future of DUI offenses. In recent years they have noticed an increase in cases going to trial and ‘not guilty' verdicts being handed out.  It seems that more and more DUI lawyers are questioning the accuracy of the chemical sobriety tests used to read the amount of alcohol in an offender's blood (BAC). While it is nothing new to those who work in the DUI legal system that these methods are not completely accurate, attorneys are presenting this evidence to juries who are, in turn, finding offenders ‘not guilty'. Questioning sobriety test results is a good way to establish doubt in DUI cases and one of the main defense strategies implemented by the DUI attorneys at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP.

Our professionals know all about how to challenge sobriety test results. We make the prosecution work to prove every piece of evidence is accurate. In many cases, demonstrating for the jury the various ways that sobriety tests can fail is a good way to show reasonable doubt.  Most current systems that measure BAC are based on estimates which California law and judges believe to be accurate enough to be relied on as hard evidence of intoxication. Juries, however, are made up of regular citizens who are surprised when they learn of these inaccuracies.

California Police are responding to this trend by working to have all forensic equipment certified to meet international standards. This is the best way to ensure that blood tests taken from DUI suspects will get the most accurate results. Even with these measures in place, skilled attorneys will still find ways to question the validity of DUI evidence and fight charges for their clients.

If you have been arrested in California for DUI and are serious about standing up for your rights and fighting your DUI charges, call an  attorney at Floyd, Skeren & Kelly, LLP.

About the Author

Troy Slaten

Troy Slaten is the managing attorney for Floyd, Skeren & Kelly's Criminal Defense practice. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He then went on to earn his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.


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