Bothell, WA asked in DUI / DWI for Washington

Q: i was stopped for dui but blew a 0- i dont drink but i do take medications which caution about driving/operating equipme

when blood is taken to determine dui results it takes 8 weeks for the results to come back from the lab. why so long and exactly what all is it tested for?

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Jason Powers
Jason Powers
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Mt Vernon, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: There is a backlog of blood tests at the Washington State Patrol. It seems to take at least four months for the blood to be tested. When it is tested, the lab will check for substances that could affect driving and/or illegal.

Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: I think you'll find right now it's going to be more than 8 weeks, probably more like 3-4 months. They test for whatever the officer asks them to. If he or she has reason to suspect certain drugs, they will just ask to screen for those. If they aren't sure, they can just request a full screen, which would be for anything on WSP's list of testable substances.

Then that report gets sent back to the officer, then forwarded to the prosecutor for review. They may take another month to review it for a charging decision.

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