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Can Urine Testing Determine Blood Alcohol Levels?

Hi I’m attorney, Kevin Hayslett, and I’m here with Forensic Toxicologist, Ron Bell. Ron, when law enforcement is doing a DUI investigation and they obtain a urine sample, can that urine sample be tested to determine what a person’s blood alcohol level is?

RB:    The answer to that Kevin, is no. Alcohol concentration can be measured in a urine sample; but the amount or the concentration of alcohol in urine never correlates or matches the amount of alcohol in a person’s system or the concentration of the alcohol in a person’s blood. Generally speaking, urine concentrations well exceed that of the blood alcohol concentrations the individual might poses at the time of the urine sample collection.

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J. Kevin Hayslett

Kevin Hayslett, Esq.

J. Kevin Hayslettis an attorney practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and DUI Defense from the Clearwater office and Hillsborough office. Kevin is an avid tennis player and is currently nationally rated in singles and doubles. You can follow Kevin onGoogle+, oron Radio IO on his show, "Kevin's Law". Kevin can also be heard on the Sirius Satellite Radio show during the "Ask the Lawyer" segment, which can be heard the first Thursday of every month.