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You may be entitled to request a blood test in place of a breath test in order to determine your blood alcohol concentration, but remember that the blood test is an exact measurement of what substances are in your bloodstream. If you have prescription or over the counter medication in your system, for example, you may still be charged with driving under the influence if you are found to be in violation of the local laws. The main idea behind the DUI stop is to catch drivers who are impaired in some way by drugs or alcohol. If you are unsure whether your medication or recreational activities leave you in violation of local laws, it's best to call for a taxi. A blood alcohol test is a very good idea for those who are certain they are not in violation of the law. It can clear the accusations up once and for all if the test is administered and recorded properly.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|