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How Breathalyzer Results Can Be Misleading?

Handley LLC Sept. 18, 2021

Breath tests are a frequent tool for law enforcement to determine if a person is driving while intoxicated, but the results are not always reliable. In many circumstances, a BAC test can be erroneous due to a failure to properly maintain the instrument, health issues, or even your food.

Inadequately Calibrated

Breathalyzers are complicated equipment, and even a minor fault can substantially alter the findings of a breath test. As a result, law enforcement officers must get these equipment calibrated on a regular basis. Your drug lawyers will be able to subpoena the device's calibration and maintenance records.

Additionally, when giving the test, law enforcement agents must adhere to very tight norms and procedures. The results of the test will be rejected in court if they fail to do so. As a result, it's a good idea to jot down whatever you recall about the arrest as quickly as possible.

Something You Consumed

In a variety of ways, your digestive system might skew the findings of a breath test. When some meals, particularly sweet or starchy foods, become lodged in your teeth, microorganisms in your mouth can make mouth alcohol. Although this is a modest dose of alcohol, it might alter the results of a Breathalyzer test because it is in your mouth.

In addition, a low-carb diet can cause erroneous breath test results. Ketone levels in the body can be increased by eating a low-carbohydrate diet. These ketones can cause a false positive on a breath test, greatly skewing the findings.

Having a Pre-Existing Medical Condition

Certain health issues, the most frequent of which is acid reflux, can undoubtedly generate a misleading reading. Your body can transfer gases from the stomach if you have GERD, heartburn, or acid reflux. When these gases interact with the air in your lungs, a breath BAC test can give you a misleading reading.

A DUI conviction in Oklahoma City carries severe consequences, including fines, license suspension, and potentially jail time. If you've been charged with DUI, you'll need aggressive legal assistance to defend the allegations. Our drug lawyers at The Handley Law Center have successful trial experience and will fight diligently on your side if you hire us.

**Disclaimer: This blog article is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.