Cigarette Smoking DUI Georgia
Breathalyzers analyze your breath sample to calculate the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream. However, these machines sometimes confuse alcohol with similar compounds, such as acetaldehyde. This substance is produced by your liver as it metabolizes alcohol. Cigarette smoking can increase the amount of acetaldehyde in your lungs, artificially inflating your breathalyzer reading.
If you are a cigarette smoker who has been charged with DUI, a lawyer can help you fight your charges. Your lawyer can analyze your test results or work with a toxicologist who can determine if the breathalyzer was affected by your cigarette smoking. Your lawyer can also call a witness who can testify about the amount of alcohol you drank before getting behind the wheel.
Why should you fight a Georgia DUI? If convicted, you are subject to mandatory minimum penalties. This means that even if it is your first offense, you will spend at least 24 hours behind bars. Other penalties include a driver’s license suspension, community service, fines, court costs, and probation. The conviction will also result in a criminal record that can never be expunged.
Head, Thomas, Webb and Willis is devoted to helping residents who have been charged with a DUI. Because we know the effect cigarette smoking has on the breathalyzer, we can use our scientific training to disprove your reading. With affordable rates and payment plans, we can fight your charges without breaking the bank.
Don’t let a false breathalyzer reading jeopardize your future. Contact our Georgia law firm today by completing our online form or calling our 24-hour phone number. You will receive a FREE copy of The DUI Book, a FREE administrative suspension appeal letter, and a FREE one-hour, no-obligation case evaluation.
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