Tips for Obtaining a Blood Results in DUI case from the TBI in Tennessee.
Hire an AttorneyWhile you can follow the steps below and obtain a blood result on your own, an attorney can help you to interpret the results. The results of a TBI sample can be challenged in several ways. An experienced DUI attorney will know where to attack. An attorney often can obtain blood results more quickly than a private citizen because of their relationship with the TBI and/or the District Attorney's Office in your area.
Write the TBIThere is a section of the Tennessee Code Annotated that requires the TBI to provide you a result. T.C.A. section 55-10-409(b) states: "The results of the test shall be made available to the person tested, upon request."
You can write the TBI at:
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
901 R.S. Gass Blvd
Nashville, Tn 37216.
If you choose to write the TBI, you will need to verify your identity. Provide a copy of your case number, photo id, other form of id and where to send the result.
WaitThe TBI does a lot of blood testing. For example, in 2010 the TBI tested: 51,297 different samples. Over 26,000 of those tests were done in Nashville alone. Obviously, that is a lot of tests. You will have to be patient. When a test is done for alcohol only, the turnaround can be around 6 weeks. The turnaround for drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and zolpidem can take as long as 36 weeks. The waiting is often the hardest part on a defendant. During this time, take time to help your attorney build your case and try not think about it.