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What should I know about blood alcohol tests in South Carolina?

Here in South Carolina, many people have had to face DUI charges, and many more will in the future. Those who do may know how seriously the crime is considered, though they may not know about related aspects, such as how sobriety is determined. While field sobriety tests are often utilized, tests that measure blood alcohol content are frequently used to determine if a person is inebriated. The results of these blood alcohol tests may be used in criminal proceedings, so it can be beneficial to know what they are, how they work and what it might mean for a person’s case.

Though several different bodily samples can be used to determine intoxication, police normally use breath analysis or blood screening -- sometimes both. Older breathalyzers typically compare a sample from a suspect to a control sample, though newer models measure the alcohol content of a person’s breath. They are not as accurate as a blood sample, though some who are accused of DUI will not subject to a blood draw.

There have been cases where courts decided to throw out the results of a breath test due to concerns of inaccuracy. However, it is not possible to pass a breathalyzer if a person is intoxicated, despite the prevalence of some popular myths to the contrary. The results can be challenged, if evidence exists that the machine may have been mis-calibrated.

Those who are charged with DUI here in South Carolina may find this information helpful, along with other resources pertaining to blood [/url=‘http://dui.findlaw.com/dui-arrests/bac-test-faqs.html ‘]alcohol tests[/url]. Punishments can range from losing one’s license to incarceration. Anyone facing these types of charges has the right to defend him- or herself in court, as any person is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in the American court system.

Source: FindLaw, "BAC Test FAQs", , Aug. 27, 2014

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