Despite having many problems, DWI blood tests have become the norm for many police agencies as part of a DWI investigation. Any problem with the tube or the substance within the tube can have *huge* ramification on DWI blood test accuracy. This is why a Texas DWI blood tube recall means that the problem might cause inaccuracies when tested.
BD, one of these medical companies, issued a recall of just under 250,000 tubes because of an issue with the preservative. To illustrate, the preservative is, as the name implies, designed to preserve the blood and combat issues like fermentation. Without this preservative (or with defective preservative), fermentation and other issues have a higher risk of occurrence. But, BD is not wholly to blame for the issues associated with the recall. To their credit, in the recall notice BD advised agencies to review inventory and return defective tubes. In a later notice, they even recommended destroying all affected tubes. However, Texas DPS gave conflicting instructions by telling agencies to “submit specimens [quickly]” even when it came to recalled tubes.
How many cases has the Texas DWI blood tube recall affected?
Put simply, in many cases (about 2,760 identified cases) agencies used, and labs tested, recalled tubes. Because of the unfortunate COVID 19 pandemic, many of these cases are *just now* before a court. Mimi currently has a few clients whose arrests fell within the time period where police may have used the recalled tubes. Mimi understands the science behind DWI blood testing and likes to review the detailed blood records to determine the presence of issues that might show a higher or lower BAC. She recently appeared on NBC 5 as part of their “NBC Investigates” segment on the recalled blood tubes. You can find that DWI blood tube article on NBC 5’s website.
More about Mimi Coffey & The Coffey Firm
When people look for a Top DWI Attorney or Best DWI Attorney, they look for experience, certification, and respect in the legal community. Mimi Coffey is a nationally-renowned trial attorney, board-certified in DWI by the NCDD. She has been practicing for over 24 years and is an author of multiple DWI Defense textbooks. She is also a national and state-wide lecturer on the law.
The Coffey Firm handles a wide variety of cases, including Unlawful Carrying Weapon (UCW), Assault (including family violence), and Possession charges. We can also help you try to get a DWI off your record or avoid probation revocation.
Mimi is also listed on several “top criminal lawyer near me” directory listings such as Wise County DWI Lawyers, Tarrant County DWI Lawyer, Dallas County DWI attorney, Collin County DWI attorneys and Parker County DWI attorneys. Mimi is a caring DWI Lawyer in Dallas – Fort Worth. She is also involved in the Texas Tech School of Law foundation and enjoys using the skills she has developed to give back to the community.