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Consenting to a breathalyzer or blood test

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2023 | Criminal Defense

If you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer on suspicion of drunk driving in Pennsylvania, you may be asked to take either a blood test or a breathalyzer test. The type of test you should take depends on the circumstances and state law.

Breathalyzer

A breathalyzer test measures the amount of alcohol in your breath and can provide an immediate result. This type of test is non-invasive and is often used as a preliminary test before a more accurate blood test is administered. Breathalyzer tests are also commonly used during sobriety checkpoints and routine traffic stops.

Blood test

On the other hand, a blood test measures the exact blood alcohol content (BAC) in your bloodstream. Blood tests are considered more accurate than breath tests, but they are also more invasive and take longer to get results. In some cases, a blood test may be required by law, especially if a person refuses to take a breath test or if the results are inconclusive.

Consequences of refusing a test

It is important to note that refusing to take a test can result in a DUI, with consequences such as license suspension, fines and even jail time, depending on the laws of your state.

In general, if you are asked to take a BAC test by a law enforcement officer, it is best to comply. However, it is also important to know your rights and to seek the advice of an attorney if you have any concerns about the validity of the test or the arrest.

Consenting to a sobriety test

Whether to take a blood test or a breathalyzer test ultimately depends on the laws of your state and the circumstances the traffic stop. If you are facing a drunk driving charge, it is important to make the right decision to navigate the legal process better and protect your rights.