October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Inaccurate sobriety tests reported with recent studies
Drunk driving is a problem in our state -- with 27,314 DUI arrests in Colorado in 2011, according to The Century Council. However, many of these arrests may have resulted from inaccurate or improper sobriety tests. Recent studies have shown that not only field sobriety tests, but some breath test machine results, can be faulty and result in wrongful arrests. Those who believe they were wrongfully arrested due to an erroneous sobriety test
can contest their charges in court.
Costly penalties for a DUI in Colorado
It can be well worth it to contest false charges, compared to the consequences of a DUI conviction. According to DMV.org, being convicted for a first offense can set a person back thousands, cost his or her freedom and affect his or her driving record for years. The possible penalties for a DUI arrest include:
-Automatic license suspension
up to one year.
-$300 to $1,000 fine.
-Up to one year in jail.
-48 to 96 hours of community service.
-Three to nine months of alcohol education.
In addition, Colorado's implied consent law means anyone who refuses a breath test will face immediate license revocation, which could be permanent.
However, many of the sobriety tests given today have been proven to be faulty, according to ABC Action News. Some people may have trouble passing common field sobriety tests even while sober. Tests where a person must stand on one leg or walk in a line with arms held out to the sides can be difficult for those with balance issues or health problems. Even sober people have been arrested on DUI charges for simply not being able to stand on one foot for longer than a few seconds.
The Herald Tribune reported on findings that suggested breath test machines can give faulty results. Some breath test machines in Florida were incorrectly calibrated and resulted in unusually high blood alcohol readings, as well as impossible breath volumes for human lungs -- which may have meant thousands of false arrests. And The Poison Review says a study showed that using hand sanitizer can result in a false positive, even for a completely sober person.
Contacting an attorney
Those facing unfair DUI charges should contact an experienced drunk driving defense attorney immediately. If it's determined that inaccurate sobriety tests resulted in a false arrest, a lawyer can get the charges lessened or dropped, which would spare an innocent person thousands of dollars and jail time.
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