Saturday, November 6, 2010
The Right to an Independent Test in California
All states require a suspect in a drunk driving case to submit to a chemical test, breath blood or urine. In California if the arrestee chooses a breath test he also has the right to a second independent test of blood or urine in order to save a sample for retesting if he chooses. the test will be at the person's expense and is only permitted when breath is the first test. the rationale is that the breath cannot be saved and therefore if a sample is desired for retesting then a bllod or urine can be requested.