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      Blood and Breath Tests in California

      If you are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence, you are obligated to provide either a blood or breath test, as stated under California’s Implied Consent Law.

      When an officer suspects that you have been drinking and driving in California, they often offer you either a breathalyzer test or a blood test. What most motorists do not realize, is if they refuse to provide either a blood or breath test, that they are going against their obligation under the implied Consent Law and therefore, could be hit with a yearlong license suspension as well as hefty fines and even potential jail time.

      In California, there are two basic types of breath testing machines that are regularly used by the police.  The first is the preliminary alcohol screening (PAS) breath test.  In administering the PAS test, the police utilize a hand-held field breathalyzer that runs off a 9-volt battery. The PAS testing devices are only able to determine the presence or absence of alcohol. The second type of breath alcohol testing machines is the BAC Datamaster, the Intoxilyzer, and the Draeger. However, everything from body temperature, electrical frequencies, calibration, and maintenance of the device can have an impact on the test results.

      Although both the blood and breath tests offer a specific percentage of what your blood alcohol level is, neither are 100% accurate at determining what your true BAC levels are at the time of driving.  Both tests have to be administered correctly in order for them to be accurate and many errors are made, especially with blood tests.

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