During DUI stops, one of the ways that traffic officers try to assess whether drivers are intoxicated is to administer blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing in the form of breath tests or blood tests. When motorists agree to submit to breathalyzer tests, it’s important that they realize that the results of these tests:

  • Pueblo DUI attorneys discuss when breathalyzers may generate questionable BAC results. Contact our Pueblo DUI attorneys for the best DUI defense.

    Pueblo DUI attorneys discuss when breathalyzers may generate questionable BAC results. Contact our Pueblo DUI attorneys for the best DUI defense.

    Will be used against them later if they ultimately end up facing DUI charges

  • Are NOT necessarily accurate or reliable, which can be the cornerstone of a DUI defense case.

Taking an in-depth look at this aspect of DUI cases, this blog series will highlight just when breathalyzer test results may be questionable – if not totally unreliable.

While the info discussed herein is important and helpful, however, remember that you can contact the Trinidad and Pueblo DUI attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth when you need experienced help defending yourself against drunk driving (or other criminal) charges.

Here’s What Can Affect the Reliability of Breathalyzers

1 – The type of device used

Did you know that traffic officers should be using state-approved breathalyzer devices when administering breath tests during DUI stops? In fact, if the devices used to test drivers’ BAC levels are NOT state-approved:

  • The results of these tests can be thrown into question.
  • It may be possible to get these results deemed inadmissible in a DUI case.

Generally, an experienced DUI attorney can find out whether an approved device was used by reviewing the details of the police report associated with the DUI stop/case.

2 – Whether the device has been calibrated

It’s not simply enough to use a state-approved breathalyzer device during a DUI stop; in fact, traffic officers will also generally have to recalibrate these devices between uses (and potentially on a regular basis). When such maintenance has not be done for whatever reason, again, the results of the breath tests from these uncalibrated devices can be as questionable as they may be unreliable.

Be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some more important info regarding when breathalyzer test results may be less than reliable. In the meantime, share your thoughts about breathalyzer tests and DUIs with us on Facebook & Google+.

Trinidad & Pueblo DUI Attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth

Are you facing DUI charges? If so, the Trinidad & Pueblo DUI attorneys at Gradisar, Trechter, Ripperger & Roth are ready to provide you with the strongest defense and the best representation moving forward. Experienced and respected, our Trinidad and Pueblo DUI attorneys have been dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complexities of the legal system and to favorably resolving their important legal issues since 1972.

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