There was a recent article in the Los Angeles Times regarding errors found
in blood- alcohol testing. A few weeks ago, the Orange County Crime Lab
discovered errors in the blood-alcohol testing for DUI cases. The results
of these errors affected 2,200 DUI cases. Of these cases, 900 resulted in
DUI convictions of the accused. The prosecutors have sent out letters to the
defendants in these cases informing them of the errors. More errors have
recently been found and there is a plan in place to request a state audit
to review the testing procedures and standards at this lab. If you have
been involved in this blood testing error scenario, you need to team up
with a DUI lawyer right away to make sure your rights are protected.
Blood tests at this lab are tested on two machines, both showing errors
during this time. The Lab Director stated that the specific errors involved
in these tests were off by .003 percentage points for one testing machine.
The second testing machine was said to have been off by .001 percent.
These errors can go both ways, the authorities have said that at least
100 cases had an underestimated Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) reading. This
means that the tests showed a level of .07, but in reality the BAC level
was .08 making it above the legal limit. These errors are thought to have
occurred over a span of five months, but the lab officials believe only
about 200 cases were affected. While there are measures in place to prevent
the occurrence of errors in the future, this is one example of the unreliability
of blood test results. Fight against your DUI charges with the help of
a skilled DUI attorney. The Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse represents the
residents of Dublin, CA in all of their DUI or criminal cases.
Contact our firm today for the help that you need.
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