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DUI Blood Test

If a law enforcement officer suspects that an individual is driving under the influence (DUI), he or she may request the driver to submit to a blood test. Blood tests tend to be more reliable than breath or urine tests. Therefore, in some instances, officers will ask individuals to take blood tests even after they have passed a breath test.

It is important to note that individuals have the right to refusal any chemical test that is requested by law enforcement. However, refusal to submit to a chemical test will often carry more severe penalties than failing a chemical test. If you have refused testing, or have taken and failed a test, contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer who may be able to discover mistakes made by law enforcement, which could lead to a dismissal of your case.

South Walton Blood Test Defense Attorney

The attorneys at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are well versed in all aspects of blood test and DUI cases. If you have been charged with DUI as a result of refusing or failing a blood test in Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola and the surrounding areas, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC to discuss the details of your alleged DUI offense.

Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC has experience with blood test and DUI cases, and he will use his knowledge to look for weaknesses in the prosecution's evidence against you. Call Clay Adkinson for a free consultation today at if you have been charged with a DUI as a result of refusing or failing a blood test in Destin, South Walton, and the surrounding areas, and let him advise you on the critical next steps in your defense.

DUI Blood Test Florida Information Center

DUI Blood Test in Florida

Blood tests are commonly used to measure an individual’s blood alcohol concentration when an officer suspects that he or she has been driving under the influence of alcohol.  Another purpose of DUI blood tests is to detect the presence of controlled substances. Common drugs that are associated with DUI include, but are not limited to:

  • Marijuana;
  • Valium;
  • Xanax;
  • Morphine;
  • Vicodin;
  • Heroin;
  • Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD);
  • Codeine;
  • Cocaine;
  • Opium; and
  • Phencyclidine (PCP).

When a blood test is conducted to determine an individual’s blood alcohol content, he or she can’t be charged with DUI if his or her blood-alcohol level is below the legal limit, and his or her normal faculties are not impaired. However, when a blood test is conducted for the purpose of detecting the presence of illegal drugs, if there is any amount of illegal drugs in an individual’s system, he or she can be charged with DUI.

Defenses to DUI Blood Tests in South Walton

Although blood tests are typically more accurate than any other form of DUI testing, having a blood test that shows you were above the legal limit or had a controlled substance in your system, doesn’t automatically mean you will be convicted of DUI. In some circumstances, a DUI defense attorney can successfully argue to have the blood test results inadmissible in court. Some of the following factors can be used to your benefit:

  • The testing conditions were unsanitary;
  • The blood testing kit was faulty or outdated;
  • The blood sample was mislabeled;
  • The blood sample was contaminated;
  • Your request for a second blood sample analysis was denied; or
  • There was a major difference in the results from your first blood sample analysis compared to your second blood sample analysis.

If you feel as if any of these factors were present during your testing, or feel like your rights were violated in any way, it is important to contact a knowledgeable South Walton DUI defense lawyer who can analyze the circumstances surrounding your case, and begin building your defense immediately.

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A failed DUI blood test does not have to lead to a conviction.  If you have been charged with a DUI in conjunction with a refusal to take a blood test or a failed blood test in the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Paxton, Ponce de Leon, Century, Shalimar, Laurel Hill, Freeport, and Chipley, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today.

The DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC have a deep understanding of DUI blood test procedures, and can use that knowledge to have your DUI charges reduced or even dismissed. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your blood test DUI case, so the attorneys at Adkinson Law Firm, LLC can get started on the task of protecting your freedom.