For over 27 years as a blood test expert & DWI attorney in Houston, TX, Tad A. Nelson been asked this question hundreds, and probably more correctly, thousands of times. The answer to the question of “whether or not a blood or breath test administered/forced by police officers proves your guilt” is NO.
The Jury & Objective Skepticism
To be quite frank, when a DWI case goes to trial in Harris County, and jurors are presented with scientific evidence gathered by police officers, a mood of skepticism is often noticed amongst jurors.
Some of the main reasons for this skepticism are the unstable nature in which evidence is collected, instrument precision and reliability, training and other prerequisites that must be met by the officers, and the stringent standards of the state of Texas when it comes to a blood test.
For some of the above mentioned reasons, evidence in DWI cases is thrown out, or deemed as inadmissible for trial, more often than not.
Why You Shouldn’t Enter a Guilty Plea
Even in the event when chemical evidence related to the criminal charges are admitted in the trial the burden of proof remains on the prosecution as they must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This includes proof beyond a reasonable doubt that testing is accurate, personnel was properly trained, and that all mandated protocols were met during storage, transmission, and collection of said evidence.
When Your Lawyer is trained in Forensic Science
As an attorney who is Board Certified® in criminal law, a student-member of the National College of DUI Defense, and an ACS/CHAL Lawyer-Scientist, Tad Nelson’s qualifications to effectively challenge the validity of all testing performed, and the proper maintenance and use of the blood test equipment used to collect this alleged evidence, are solidified by his certifications, specialized training, and credentials.
Professional DWI Defense Attorneys
Having an instructor-level grasp on the intricacies of the breathalyzer machine used to detect breath/alcohol concentration levels, and a working knowledge of prudent methodology for blood quantification techniques, the Law Offices of Tad Nelson and Associates is afforded a welcomed advantage when cross-examining evidence in defense of our clients.
If there is a weakness in the prosecution’s case, we’ll see it, and ensure that the weakness is exploited in such a way as to discredit the state’s case against you, while bolstering ours.
If you need to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with a member of our legal team about DWI related criminal charges that have been filed against you on the basis of a blood test by Houston police, contact our law office at 713-489-7373 for help.