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How do I get the DUI blood test result from DMV (prior to DMV hearing) by myself, not through attorney or public defender?

San Diego, CA |

I took a blood test result, which the officer said it won't be out until the court date. I know that DMV will have the result one or two weeks after I request the DMV hearing (within 10 days I got charged for DUI), How can I get the result back by myself, not through attorney or public defender, as soon as it gets ready? Hopefully it will be prior to the DMV hearing as well, because I need the report to determine where I should stand. Thanks a lot.

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Assuming you requested the DMV hearing within 10 days of arrest, and that DMV has your current address, they will send it to you in the mail. However, many of the labs performing the blood tests are back logged, so there's no telling how long it will take. The DMV hearing will not happen without the blood test result. In the event that it comes in under .08%, you won't get the result - you'll just get a set aside of the suspension from DMV. Not sure why you're waiting for blood result to hire an attorney. Whether it comes back low or high, you're better off using a locally experienced DUI attorney. Best of luck.

Jasen Nielsen


Maybe a local attorney can assist you. Many counties provide the results online. The receipt you received for the blood should provide you with the information in how to ascertain the results. In addition, you need to ask the DMV for discovery which would provide you with the results prior to the hearing. I'm not trying to be critical, but it sounds like you don't have the basic knowledge to make a determination of where you stand after you received the results since you don't have the basic knowledge in how to proceed. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to retain local counsel. Bear in mind everything you say in the DMV hearing can be used against you in the court room. Good luck.

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Get it through the public defender. I am not sure why you are trying to circumvent him/her, but that is not how you should view it. He or she knows how to get it and will know how to explain it to you. Trust your public defender or hire a private attorney.

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Your best bet is with an attorney. If you want to try and find one in your area here on AVVO you can select "Find a Lawyer" at the top of the page. Good luck.


You need an attorney. Some counties do report results online- otherwise you just have to wait until you get discovery from DMV . Get an attorney. This is serious.

Andrew Roberts (818) 597-0633/ (805) 496-7777


You won't be able to call anyone and demand results. If you requested a DMV hearing, as soon as they get a copy of the report Nd the blood results, they will forward all of that information to you or your representative (if you have one).

Don't make the mistake of assuming you can't win your case based on BAC level alone though.

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Good chance blood result will not be ready. The beast that is the crime labs move at their pace.
You need an attorney who can get it from them and rush it.
It is key that you hire the best locally experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you that you can afford. You should obtain a free consultation as soon as possible. Good luck.

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It should be sent to you when it's ready after you schedule the hearing. However, don't represent yourself. Too much is at stake to fight this battle with a blindfold on. Hire the best, locally experienced criminal defense attorney you can afford ASAP.

Law Offices of David Shapiro 3555 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 295-3555


The fact of the matter is you already know where you stand. You were arrested for DY and are being charged with the same. There are certain legal time limits within you must act and many legal defenses that can be applied to your case. The only reason for you to wait is if you are not going to be hiring an attorney to Represent you in this matter; which is obviously a terrible decision, unless these charges mean absolutely nothing to you and you don't really care about the outcome.

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Many counties, for example Orange County, allow you view BAC results online after about 7-10 days. Your best bet if you want it faster, is, as the other attorneys have alluded to, to hire an experienced DUI attorney. Good luck.

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I'm not sure why some of these attorneys are saying you can't get the results. I tell my clients to call the crime lab about 1-2 weeks after the test, and they are always provided with the result. Plus, in California, the DMV is mandated to,provide you with discovery at least ten days prior to the hearing.That is usually prior to court. In any event, what is the rush to get it before court? Your first appearance is an arraignment. All you would need to do is get a continuance, and then the results are provided.