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The Story About Storage: Why it Is So Important in Blood Alcohol Concentration Tests

You had a few drinks with your co-workers last Friday night. On your way home, a police officer pulled you over on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. As you rolled down your window he asked you if you knew that you were speeding. After talking to you, he asked you to participate in field sobriety tests.

You didn’t believe you were intoxicated, but the officer said you failed the testing and asked you to submit a sample for a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test. The lab who performed the test said your levels indicated that you were drunk.

Why Storage Matters

You don’t understand the results, but you also don’t think there’s any way you can fight them. Fortunately, you may be wrong, and here’s why:

  • Storage delays. Blood samples should be kept at certain temperatures after they are drawn. If the climate is too hot or too cold, changes can occur that can alter your blood alcohol concentration levels. All too often, technicians and labs aren’t able to place the samples in proper storage within the needed time period. As a result, innocent people are accused of driving under the influence because of inaccurate tests.
  • Fermentation. Fermentation is a process that is used to create alcohol. Blood actually contains all of the elements for fermentation to take place, including sugar, bacteria, and yeast. If the sample isn’t stored properly, fermentation can occur, causing the blood to contain more alcohol in it than it did while in the person’s vein, resulting in a false test result.

The Easley Law Firm May Be Able to Help

If you can prove that the blood sample wasn’t stored properly, you could have your charges dropped. Attempting this task on your own will likely end in disaster, but the Easley Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us today to find out how we have helped many others in the Fairfax area, and how we may be able to assist you, as well.


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