The validity and accuracy of blood test results are often disputed during OVI and DUI trials. In order to provide our clients with the best possible defense against drunk driving charges, Attorney Jon Saia recently completed a course in Forensic Chromatography. Understanding the complicated steps that are involved in properly testing blood alcohol levels will help Attorney Saia assess the legitimacy of the blood test evidence brought against our clients.
Why do police officers make suspected drunk drivers stare at a pen, stand on one leg, and walk a straight line? These "tests" are called "Standardized Field Sobriety Tests" (SFST) and were developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s as a way for law enforcement to establish a standardized method to help them determine whether an individual is too impaired to drive. However, these tests are actually meant to predict the probability that an individual's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is higher than .08, the legal limit in most states.