Hospitals Illegally Charging DUI Offenders for Blood Draws

Posted by Neil Shouse | Dec 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

When you are arrested for a DUI you have the choice of a breath or blood test, and these tests are to be administered to you at no cost. However, many southern California hospitals are sending bills in the neighborhood of $300 to those persons that were arrested for DUI and elected the blood test.

This is an illegal charge. The arresting agency is responsible for paying the blood draw fee, not the arrestee. If you ignore the bill, the hospital is sending the matter to collections and then off to the crediting reporting agencies. This may be a violation of your consumer rights.

If you are convicted, the courts levy lab fees as part of your fine and court fees. If you are arrested for DUI you should immediately contact a California DUI attorney to protect your rights. (Learn more in our article about when California police can force DUI suspects to submit to blood draws.)

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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