Arkansas Planning To Test Saliva To Determine Influence of Drugs Or Alcohol

August 22nd, 2013 at 12:31 pm

LauraLaw enforcement in the state of Arkansas now have another way to potentially determine whether a person is operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The law allowing these tests was approved in March but took effect on July 17th.

A Lieutenant in the Sebastian County Sheriff’s department took the lead on making this test available in Arkansas. Allan Marx said he became familiar with the opportunities in saliva testing while working on a case in the previous year and realized that it might help in cases within the state, allowing officers now to test urine, blood, and breath. From there, a person might be charged with a DUI and need to hire an attorney.

A driver might be subjected in Arkansas to a saliva test after he or she has failed the sobriety test. The tests are designed to detect ketamine, marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, oxycodone, opiates, phencyclidine, propoxyphene, and alcohol. There are challenges with this new test, however. The saliva test is not always accurate, only providing complete results 94-99% of the time, a loophole which could create challenges for some individuals taking the test. Since a positive saliva test can serve as the basis for an arrest, individuals who are not guilty of exceeding legal limits or using drugs may be charged anyway.

The tests are being purchased with taxpayer money, which raises concerns about their close, but not perfect, accuracy rate. Officers and supporters of the law claim that the saliva tests are more cost-effective when compared with blood tests. Evidence collection in a DUI arrest determination and the resulting case can be extremely important for the charged individual. If testing is faulty or the evidence was not collected properly, an innocent person could find himself or herself in a world of trouble for doing absolutely nothing wrong. That’s where a competent DUI attorney steps into the picture to ensure that all the pieces of the puzzle fit together. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, contact an Illinois DUI lawyer today to discuss your case.

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