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Chemical Testing in Maine

The State of Maine performs chemical testing to determine whether an individual operated a vehicle under the influence. Specifically, chemical testing relates to the use of breath, blood, and urine to determine an individual’s blood alcohol level. The use of any chemical material must follow specific procedures and guidelines to maintain the results without contamination. Further, extraction of blood from an individual usually needs a warrant but testing blood for operating a vehicle under the influence does not need a warrant especially if the individual causes an accident, death, or injury.

Chemical testing involves biological material to determine an individual’s blood alcohol concentration. Therefore, the state requires specific procedures and guidelines to maintain the accuracy of the test results. The absence of following proper procedure may lead to contaminated test results and eliminate a operating a vehicle under the influence offense. Therefore, the use of proper testing instruments and procedures are necessary to accurately convict an individual.

Thus, police officers as well as other law enforcement officials must test the instruments used to collect chemical data. Specifically, all testing equipment must produce accurate test results. The absence of testing instruments for accuracy will also eliminate an operating a vehicle under the influence offense. Furthermore, police officers must address the sensitivity of the matter collected. The collection of blood is highly dangerous due to the disease an individual may possess. Therefore, any individual collecting blood must adhere to proper procedures.

Additionally, officers and officials must address legal issues pertaining to collection of chemical evidence. Specifically, officials do not need a warrant to collect blood from individuals believed to be operating a vehicle under the influence. Officers as well as the State of Maine justify the collection of blood without a warrant due to the nature of an operating a vehicle under the influence offense. The severity as well as the danger related to the offense allows officers to collect blood without a warrant. Also, individual’s refusing chemical testing may not occur when an individual causes an accident, injury, or death.

Therefore, officers and law enforcement officials must address the contamination of chemical testing. Officers must adhere to proper procedures to eliminate contamination when collecting evidence as well as testing instruments to collect the evidence. Also, legal issues must be addressed in regards to chemical testing.


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