Inaccurate Breathalyzer Equipment Georgia

Inaccurate Breathalyzer Equipment Georgia
To determine if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over Georgia’s legal limit, you may be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test. Unfortunately, inaccurate equipment could produce a false reading, which in turn can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. If you were charged with drunk driving after failing your breath test, you should immediately speak with an attorney who has experience with this machine.

Breathalyzers work by shooting an infrared light through the breath sample. In theory, alcohol absorbs the light. The less light at the other end of the breath sample chamber, the higher your BAC reading will be. However, compounds other than alcohol can absorb the light, inflating your breath test results. For example, people who are diabetic or on low carb diets can produce acetone, which is measured the same way as alcoholic beverages by the machine.

The range of accuracy for the breathalyzer is very large; in fact, the margin of error is 20%. This means that even if no other factors affect the results, your BAC reading could be off by 20%. Your lawyer can point out this range of error to establish reasonable doubt in your Georgia DUI case.

Even something as simple as temperature has the potential to affect these test results. For every one degree Fahrenheit your temperature is over 98.6, your BAC may be inflated by 7%. Additionally, the machine also assumes that your breath-to-blood ratio is 1:2100. If your ratio is over or under this amount, your test results will be inaccurate.

These machines should be maintained and calibrated according to manufacturer guidelines to ensure they are in good working order. Your lawyer may request a copy of the maintenance logbooks to determine if the equipment has been maintained properly.

Our lawyers have successfully completed the certification for the Intoxilyzer 5000—the breath test machine used by Georgia police departments—conducted by the manufacturer. They can work with a breathalyzer expert to determine if your results were inaccurate.

If you retain our legal services, you will receive a FREE copy of The DUI Book, which explains how inaccurate breathalyzer equipment can affect your BAC reading. And, if you act quickly, we can handle your DUI license suspension. Remember, you have only 10 business days after your DUI arrest to file an appeal with the Department of Driver Services (DDS).

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