A breathalyzer is a device that measures the blood alcohol content (BAC) in your lungs. The alcohol content in your lungs is the same as the proportion of alcohol in your blood and for this reason law enforcement officers have drivers blow into a breathalyzer to determine BAC. Breathalyzer test results are frequently key pieces of evidence in a prosecution’s case — and an experienced attorney can attempt to discredit a Breathalyzer test to protect their client from an Indiana DUI charge.
Some police officers may ask you to blow into a breathalyzer at the traffic stop, which is typically but not necessarily a preliminary screening. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides a list of breath alcohol devices approved for evidentiary use in a DUI case and also approved for use in a preliminary screening. The NHTSA explains some of the problems encountered with breath devices that measure BAC.
A Fort Wayne OWI lawyer has a variety of defense strategies available to them when arguing that the Breathalyzer test results were invalid in your case. Arguments include medical conditions, improper instrument calibration, unqualified test administration, eating or drinking beverages prior to administration and other factors that can lead to a false positive result.
The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey works diligently to seek reduced or dropped charges and to help you avoid license suspension.