Potential Flaws With Breathalyzer Tests

If you are facing DUI charges, then it means that law enforcement believed they had probable cause to make an arrest. It also means that after examining the evidence, the prosecution is of the opinion that they have a strong case against you.

One key piece of evidence that has been produced is Breathalyzer results. The chemical test results show that your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is over the legal limit of 0.08 in Pennsylvania.

Does this mean that the case against you is a slam dunk? In short, the answer to this is no. There are several ways that a breathalyzer test may produce flawed results, as explained below.

Improper maintenance and calibration

As with all forms of technology, Breathalyzers need to be calibrated and maintained to a high standard. Failure to do so can lead to skewed test results. For instance, if you were tested with an old piece of equipment that has not been examined in several years, it is highly likely that the results will be inaccurate. This is something that can form a part of your defense strategy should the case go to trial.

Operational flaws

To the untrained eye, Breathalyzers may seem like an easy piece of machinery to operate. However, this is not the case. Certain procedures must be followed to obtain more accurate results. Only police officers who have been through the appropriate training should operate chemical testing equipment.

A failed Breathalyzer test is not always an indication of guilt. Having legal guidance behind you will help you to challenge inaccurate results produced by this technology.

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