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Arizona Drunk Driving Breath Tests

By The Husband and Wife Law Team on March 27, 2013

Police agencies across the state are cracking down on drunk driving, but as Arizona drunk driving accident victim lawyers, we know that there are some perpetrators who slip through the cracks. For the thousands who do get caught every year, they face severe penalties including loss of driver’s license, fines and jail time. We do our part to help victims of DUI crashes recover by working to obtain compensation they need for hospital bills, lost wages and more.

Who is Issued a Breath Test?

Under Arizona law ARS 28-1322, an officer who has “reasonable suspicion” to believe that a person is driving under the influence may issue a breath test. This test is typically given before an arrest is made, and can be a key part in the case against the driver. If it shows the driver was drinking, it can be used to obtain a settlement in favor of victims who were hurt by the driver.

What Other DUI Tests Can Be Given?

People who are suspected of driving drunk are also susceptible to other types of tests, including walking in a straight line while holding hands outstretched, and repeating phrases or words back to the officer. Basically, officers are looking for an indication that the driver has decreased ability to concentrate, to remember directions, and decreased balance and perception. These tests can be performed at the officer’s discretion. Furthermore, the breath testing device that the officer uses is chosen by the director of the department of public safety. This means that different officers may implement different testing methods.

Get Help if You are an Arizona DUI Victim

Don’t wait to get help if you are the victim of a DUI accident. Lawyers like Mark and Alexis Breyer work quickly to collect evidence such as the results of breathalyzers and other DUI tests from officers. The sooner they have that information, the sooner they can begin working to get a settlement from the driver who caused the crash. The Husband and Wife Law Team at the Breyer Law Offices investigates other facts as well in order to build the strongest case they can for you. Call them today for a no-obligation consultation and see what they can do for you.

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