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If you are arrested and charged with OVI, a police officer in Ohio can request that an Ohio driver submit to a blood test if they have reason to believe the driver is intoxicated. The police will charge the suspect with a “per se” DUI/OVI if the test findings indicate that the driver’s blood alcohol content was.08 or above. To make matters worse, the officer will charge the suspected DUI/OVI driver with a “per se” OVI with a “high tier” if the blood test results reveal a concentration of.17 or more. These are the limits for whole blood; if the test is performed on blood serum or plasma, the limits will be somewhat different. Although blood tests are generally considered reliable sources of information regarding blood alcohol content, a trained Ohio DUI/OVI attorney is aware that there are ways to challenge the results.

If you are facing an Ohio DUI case, you should think about speaking with an experienced Ohio DUI attorney to determine if they can help get the OVI charges dropped or reduced to a less serious offense.

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If the prosecution wants to admit a blood test as evidence in an Ohio OVI / DUI case, they have to prove certain procedures were followed for the blood test.

In certain Ohio DUI/OVI cases, a blood test may be administered without your consent.

The police may use force to extract a blood sample from an Ohio driver who has been arrested for DUI or OVI if the driver is unwilling to provide a sample when asked. Initially, a judge can grant a search warrant to an Ohio DUI/OVI police permitting an involuntary blood test; the officer must first show probable cause in order to acquire such a warrant. Second, in the event of “urgent circumstances,” which refer to a compelling need for the blood sample and insufficient time to acquire a search warrant, the officer may take an involuntary blood sample without a search warrant. The existence of exigent circumstances is assessed case-by-case, as was covered in the 2013 Missouri v. McNeely case.


In Ohio, DUI blood tests are either administered by: (1) a crime laboratory; or (2) a health care provider. Both testing organizations require that a licensed medical professional draw blood; the difference between the two is whether a crime lab or a healthcare provider analyzes the blood sample. The Ohio DUI driver’s blood sample must be taken within three hours of the alleged infraction and tested in accordance with guidelines created by the Ohio Department of Health if the test is conducted by a crime lab. The regulations established by the Ohio Department of Health include rules for the collection and handling of blood samples, testing techniques, laboratory operations, permits, and record maintenance. Compliance with the Ohio Department of Health’s rules is not necessary when a medical professional administers DUI blood tests. What is required, however, is expert testimony regarding the blood test and how the result relates to impaired driving ability.

The scientific training that our Cleveland DUI attorneys have received in DUI breath, blood, and urine testing gives us an advantage in defending OVI cases. The best way to possibly get your Ohio DUI / OVI charges reduced or dismissed is to hire an experienced DUI attorney.

We have a long record of successfully defending those who have been accused of a DUI offense in Cleveland, Ohio.  Call the Ohio DUI Guy at Quinn Legal Associates for more information.

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