Bradford County DUI Appeal Victory

May 19, 2014By Brian Manchester

In 2013, a client of ours was charged with their 2nd DUI offense, with the prosecution claiming they had a BAC of .147.

The problem, however, is that the blood test results were not reported correctly. Fortunately for our client, we were able to obtain the hospital’s blood testing and sample preparation procedures from another case and were able to prove that the hospital had still been reporting inaccurate results.

Although our client was found guilty of having a BAC of greater than .1, he was found not guilty on driving while impaired. Thus, he was sentenced to 30 days to 6 months in jail, but was given bail due to our pending appeal.

Conviction Overturned

At the appeal, the Superior Court overturned his conviction based on the inaccurate blood test reporting by the hospital. Our client received a complete acquittal.

The Importance of Science in DUI Cases

Cases like these are examples of when understanding the science behind DUI charges can make way for amazing results for our clients. Had Brian Manchester not studied the science behind blood testing and their procedures, it is very likely his client not would have been acquitted of his charges, but have been found guilty on worse charges in the first place.

If you or a loved one are facing DUI charges, contact Attorney Brian Manchester as soon as possible for a Free Strategy Session. We want to help.

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Brian Manchester is the owner of Manchester and Associates in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His law firm practices DUI and Criminal Defense exclusively throughout the entire state of Pennsylvania in both state and federal court. He has a team of two other lawyers with a combined 50 years of trial and courtroom experience are also trained in science and many other skills that are relevant to criminal defense to include the psychology of persuasion as well. One of his associates is a former District Attorney (chief prosecutor) in central Pennsylvania.   Mr. Manchester and his team routinely handle serious felony cases including murder, manslaughter, sex crimes, complex financial crimes, and serious assaults. A large part of Mr. Manchester’s practice is the defense of alcohol and drug-based DUI offenses as well as drug cases using science and analytical chemistry. Mr. Manchester has training as a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Instructor. He is one of a handful of Certified Lawyer-Scientists as recognized by the American Chemical Society in the United States. He is a member of NCDD and is a Founding Member of DUIDLA. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society with over 170,000 members across the world. To date, he is the only practicing criminal defense lawyer to belong to the Society of Forensic Toxicologist where he is an Associate Member. Mr. Manchester speaks nationally on the topic of blood and drug testing for alcohol as well as the metrological (measurement uncertainty) in forensic testing.

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