The Orange County Crime Lab (OCCL) reported that due to an error in their procedures over 2,000 blood tests taken from May 29, 2013 to October 9, 2013 were reported inaccurately.
According to the OCCL, the lab incorrectly calibrated one of the machines that measures blood-alcohol content levels (BAC). What this means is that every one of the 2,000 plus defendants will be provided an opportunity to receive the correct blood test result.
If your BAC was evaluated at the OCCL during this time frame, there is a chance to have your DUI case dismissed or your sentence reduced. Even if you plead guilty to DUI, you should have Wallin & Klarich review your case to help you determine what your next step should be.
How the Orange County Crime Lab Blood Test Error Impacts Your Case
If you plead guilty to a first offense DUI in Orange County you are required to attend a certified alcohol awareness program based upon your blood alcohol level.
If your BAC is between .08 and .14, you are required to attend a three-month program. A six-month program is required if your BAC is between .15 and .19. If your BAC is higher than .19, you are required to attend a nine-month course.
The OCCL error means that anyone sentenced to attend a DUI program may be able to have the required length of the course reduced. This would lead to less money being spent and less time being committed to attending alcohol awareness courses.
Some DUI cases could even be dismissed due to the error by the OCCL. You should contact our law office immediately so you can learn how this error by the crime lab could impact the outcome of your case.
Call Wallin & Klarich Today to Determine How Your DUI Case is Affected
Wallin & Klarich Senior Partner Paul Wallin talked to the Los Angeles Times about the error. He said he expects there to be hearings in many cases and expressed concern that wrongful convictions would still slip through the cracks unless those convicted hire an attorney.
“I expect there to be hearings in some cases, and they are going to have put someone up to testify from the crime lab,” Attorney Wallin told the paper. You can read the full article by the L.A. Times here.
You need to contact the experienced DUI defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich immediately to find out how your case can be affected by this error. At Wallin and Klarich, we have over 30 years of experience successfully defending our clients who have been charged with driving under the influence. Our skilled attorneys may be able to have your DUI case dismissed or your sentence reduced.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free telephone consultation. We will be there when you call.