The Truth Should Set You Free
If you get pulled over, the officer will probably ask you to get out of the car and do some coordination exercises. Field sobriety tests are tough, and they're the first step in the DUI testing process. You don't get to practice, and if you are overweight, you don't stand a chance. But you know how much you drank and feel that you should pass.
The next thing you know, you are getting handcuffed and taken for a blood test. While you are extremely nervous and anxious, you start to feel confident because you think the blood alcohol test will prove you're not impaired. You feel the blood result will be the absolute truth and the truth will set you free. The problem is that forensic blood testing, if not done properly, is fraught with error.
DUI Testing is a Flawed Process
It is scary the number of laboratory scandals that are being brought to the attention of the public. As more attorneys are becoming educated about the science surrounding the testing of alcohol and drugs, the labs are no longer being given a “free pass.” Some labs are committing fraud during the testing process. Other labs are just lazy or have no idea of what should be involved in modern forensic DUI testing.
It is our opinion, based on a review of the procedures and maintenance history at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's lab, that the Pennsylvania DUI testing process is severely flawed. At risk are innocent people who may be convicted of DUI charges based on testing procedures at the lab that do not produce reliable results. I've even seen it happen. In several of my cases, a chemist who is a nationally known laboratory auditor uncovered serious operational flaws in two specific cases involving the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office.
You have options for DUI Defense
There are lots of ways to fight DUI cases, but you have to hire an expert who is trained and educated about forensic laboratories and all kinds of DUI testing. It may be true that the truth will set you free, but you'll need help building your case. If you want to talk to an attorney who can look into the science being used against you, give former PA State Police attorney Mike Sherman Law a call. At Mike Sherman Law, we understand laboratory testing, we take DUI defense seriously, and we care what happens in your case.