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What happens when blood alcohol tests are found to be inaccurate?

If you have been pulled over for drinking and driving in Silver Spring, you may have been forced to take a blood test to determine if you were legally intoxicated. While police and prosecutors use the results to determine if your blood alcohol content is over the legal limit, blood tests are not always accurate.

An investigation into more than 1,700 blood tests is underway after the employee who was responsible for testing and reporting blood alcohol content was fired for inaccurate reporting. Once a few inaccuracies were reported, all of the blood that he had tested became suspect. Now, his former toxicology lab has been forced to test all 1,700 samples that he already tested.

The Colorado Department of Health has released information about the errors by contacting several of the attorneys who have represented drunk driving clients. Only 250 of the samples have been retested and 10 were inaccurately reported. It is unclear what will happen to those people who have been convicted or cleared on this employee's mistakes, but it calls into question juts how accurate blood alcohol tests are.

Though this did happen outside of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, this could easily have happened in Maryland or the District. There is such a reliance on blood tests in driving under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired cases in determining blood alcohol content, but just how accurate have these tests been?

Being pulled over for drinking and driving may end in a blood test for many Marylanders, but your criminal defense attorney can work with you to question the evidence that the prosecutors say they have on you.

Source: CBS 4 Denver, "Samples From DUI Cases being Re-Tested," April 20, 2012

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