Blood & Breath Tests

Columbus OVI Defense Lawyers

Officers in Ohio have the option of using three chemical tests to determine the sobriety of those operating automobiles: these are the blood, breath, and urine tests. Simply by driving a motor vehicle on the road, you give consent to having such a test administered if you are pulled over. State law penalizes you for refusing to give a sample by revoking your driver's license for one year on a first offense.

Fighting a suspension of your license starts by hiring an OVI/DUI lawyer as soon as possible. You can work with an attorney to have charges against you dropped and your license suspension revoked.

Breath, Blood & Urine Tests

The breath test is the most common of the three and is administered by having a driver breath into a breathalyzer. Like any machine, breathalyzers can malfunction and give a false reading, especially if they are not calibrated correctly. A seasoned Columbus DUI defense attorney can investigate the results of a breath test and challenge faulty readings.

Urine tests can screen those drivers suspected of using drugs. Like a breath test, a urine test mandates certain procedures which must be followed in order to have an accurate sample.

Blood tests are typically the most accurate means of discerning blood alcohol levels. A qualified medical technician must administer such a test. Results can still be misleading and can be damaged during handling. Prior to a chemical test, an officer may also ask you to perform a certain number of field sobriety tests. If you believe any of these tests were given or calculated incorrectly, be sure to call on us.

Get a Top Columbus DUI Lawyer On Your Side

If you have been stopped on suspicion of drunk driving, you have the right to speak with an OVI attorney. While you deny the prosecution a key piece of evidence by refusing to take any test, your license will be suspended and your behavior may be used to incriminate you.

If you wish to challenge the results of a breath, blood, or urine test or need solid legal advice regarding an OVI arrest, The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. are ready to provide counsel. We have more than 100 years of combined experience and know how to build a strong defense.

Our firm has received the following honors:

  • Best Law Firms-US News and World Report
  • Best Ohio Lawyers
  • Top 100 Ohio Trial Lawyers-National Trial lawyers
  • 10.0 "Superb" Avvo rating
  • Super Lawyers-Rising Stars

We encourage you to get in touch with our experienced Columbus OVI team as soon as possible to learn about your legal options. Call our firm today and we can create a customized defense strategy to fight your charges.