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Texas DWI Defense Attorney Shares Additional Concerns about DWI Blood Test Evidence

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Recently, the validity of blood test evidence from the Harris County crime lab was called into question when it was revealed that a technician had falsely stated their qualifications. That issue brought over ten years’ worth of DWI cases up for review. Then, additional concerns arose regarding the mislabeling and mishandling of evidence in Harris County, raising concerns about the validity of evidence in even more cases. The list of concerns regarding DWI blood test evidence continues to grow, and this time the issue is the accuracy of the testing methods that are used to test the blood samples.

These new concerns have been raised by a scientist who used to work for the crime lab at the Austin Police Department. However, this recent allegation is not the first time that this particular issue has been raised. The scientist claims that the blood alcohol analysis methods that the lab uses are not up to industry standards. More specifically, she argues that the process does not allow for a wide enough margin of error, which in turn overstates confidence in the test results. The Texas Department of Public Safety is reviewing the lab’s testing methods, and the allegations against the lab are being investigated. Fortunately, it is possible that this particular concern may not affect a large number of cases as the other recent concerns regarding DWI blood test evidence have.

In some cases, DWI defendants have been able to receive favorable outcomes in their cases after having their blood alcohol samples retested by private labs. When test results from private labs vary dramatically from test results obtained in the city crime lab, DWI defense attorneys can use that discrepancy to call the validity of their clients’ blood test results into question.

Sending a blood sample for retesting at a private laboratory is just one way that a Texas DWI defense attorney can help a client stand up to DWI charges. A skilled attorney can craft an effective defense for a DWI client by analyzing the details of their arrest, as well as the events leading up to it and the things that happened after it. DWI clients may not know just how many ways there are to defend against DWI charges, but it is essential that every DWI defendant seek the aid of an attorney who specializes in handling DWI cases so they can find out which of those defenses could work in their particular situation.

If you are facing Texas DWI charges, make it a priority to speak with a Texas DWI defense attorney immediately. A DWI conviction could cause drastic changes in multiple areas of your life. You need someone on your side who you can trust has the experience that they need to guide you through the DWI case process. A Texas DWI Defense Attorney can protect your rights, and they can also help you understand the charges against you as well as provide you with an overview of the DWI case process. To find out more about how Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, can help you, call us today at 214-521-4567.