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Breath & Blood Tests Work A Little Differently In Washington

Washington state is an "implied consent" state. This means that, when you get your license, you automatically agree to take a sobriety test when instructed by police. This applies specifically to Breathalyzers and other medically based blood alcohol content (BAC) tests, like blood tests.

If you do not agree to take a Breathalyzer test, you are risking your license.

It is imperative this test is administered correctly and that you know your rights. A DUI charge can be fought even if you take a Breathalyzer test. A lawyer can walk you through potential options for a DUI defense.

Understand Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)

Before the police charge you with a DUI, they will probably ask you to take a Breathalyzer or another sobriety test. In Washington, you are driving drunk if:

• Your blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above .08

• You are younger than 21 and your BAC is at or above .02

• You are visibly intoxicated

Many different factors can change your BAC. Eating or drinking food, acid reflux and vomiting are just a few factors that can affect a Breathalyzer test. On top of these, a Breathalyzer test can be wrong if the test was not properly calibrated or administered correctly.

How Cooney Law Offices P.S. Defends You

Our attorneys represent people throughout Spokane and the surrounding area. We are available at all times of the day, every day. For help with a DUI charge or answers to questions about BAC testing, call our office. You can reach us at 509-598-2677. Our staff is also available online through our contact form.

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