As I mentioned in another post, drug testing generally occurs if you are pulled over and suspected of a DUI. Some drug tests are administered when you are pulled over. For example, this is oftentimes the case with the breathalyzer test and it is also the case for standardized field sobriety tests. If you are under the influence of drugs, but not alcohol, these types of tests might not prove your intoxication. However, there are additional tests that you may be asked to submit to after you are charged. If you are brought to the police station, there are other tests that you might be asked to take. You can learn more about these drug tests here.
Some testing requires professionals to administer them as well as a professional atmosphere. This is the case for blood tests related to DUIs. If the police want you to take a blood test related to a possible DUI, such a test must be administered by someone who is licensed to practice surgery or medicine in the state of Connecticut. This includes:
- Qualified laboratory technicians
- Registered nurses
- Emergency medical technicians
- Some other person that the commissioner deems appropriate to draw blood.
There are additional rules that apply to blood tests related to DUIs. If an unqualified person administers the blood test, the results of the blood test may be inadmissible in court. In addition, if any of the other steps and regulations are not followed, the test results may be invalid and may not be usable in court. To possibly get blood test results thrown out of court, you should contact an attorney. Telling an attorney everything about how your blood test was administered can help them determine if it was administered correctly or not.
Another option for DUI drug testing is the urine test. Of course, this test will not be administered at the field, but it will be monitored by the police. Police should monitor the collection of a urine sample from someone suspected of a DUI to make sure that the sample is not altered. This monitoring should occur by a police officer who is the same gender as the person giving the sample.
Containers of urine samples are labeled and sealed. They should then be analyzed by a professional. Once again, there are steps that must be taken when the urine sample is collected, sealed, transported, and analyzed. If any of these steps are not properly administered, the urine test can be thrown out of court. Contacting an attorney and discussing your testing can be beneficial for your defense.
It is always a good idea to contact a DUI attorney if you are accused of a DUI. Explaining to an attorney how your blood or urine test was administered and analyzed can help them determine if any steps were missed. Ultimately, an attorney could get your test results thrown out of court. This could help your case, whether you are accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you would like to discuss your case further, you can contact my office today.