Are hospitals illegally charging DUI suspects for blood draws?
When you are arrested for a DUI, you choose a breath test or blood test, and these tests are to be administered to you at no cost. However, many California hospitals are sending bills in the neighborhood of $300 to those persons that were arrested for DUI and elected the blood test.
1. Who has to pay for a California DUI blood draw?
The arresting agency is responsible for paying the blood draw fee, not the arrestee.
If a hospital sends you a bill for a blood test, it is illegal. If you ignore the bill, the hospital may send the matter to collections and then to the crediting reporting agencies. This may be a violation of your consumer rights.
2. How can a California DUI attorney help?
A skilled California DUI lawyer can help by explaining your rights and payment obligations regarding blood test fees.
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, 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.