April 11, 2011 By Wallin & Klarich

Not only are there time limits on when a chemical test may be administered after your stop, but there are also limits on how the test is to be conducted. The police are required to observe you for a certain period of time (15 minutes) before collecting your breath sample. At least one officer must be watching you at all times for the entire duration of the “observation period.” An experienced and aggressive Riverside DUI defense attorney will attack the circumstances surrounding this required observation period.

The observation period is required to ensure that vomiting, smoking, and consumption of food or beverage did not occur prior to testing. Such consumption could distort your blood alcohol results. During this time you should not have been allowed to put anything in your mouth, including gum, candy, or other foreign objects. The time the observation began should noted by the arresting officer. Your Wallin & Klarich Riverside criminal defense attorney will double-check the times on your reports, and be sure to point out any discrepancies or unusual circumstances that may have occurred.

If you or a loved one have been accused or charged with drunk driving, it is very important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately, like the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich. We have over 30 years of experienced handling this type of matters and can assist you in obtaining the best possible result. Call the law firm of Wallin& Klarich today at, (888) 749-0034 to speak to an experienced Riverside criminal defense attorney about your case.

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