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Are Breathalyzer test results always accurate?

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

There could be a variety of steps authorities might take when investigating the possible presence of impairment during a traffic stop. Breathalyzer tests are a common example of a tool used to measure one’s blood alcohol content, but are the results of these tests always accurate? Knowing what might affect the results of Breathalyzer tests could help place individuals in Georgia who face DUI charges better prepared to safeguard their rights and interests. 

The accuracy of a Breathalyzer test 

Breathalyzers are devices that law enforcement agents may use to obtain an estimate of the amount of alcohol concentration present in one’s bloodstream. However, this process may be far from infallible and there are numerous factors that might skew Breathalyzer results. For instance, studies indicate that factors such as high body temperatures and blood composition may affect the results of similar tests. 

Studies also suggest that Breathalyzer tests are incapable of differentiating between alcohol and other chemical compounds such as vinegar and some mouthwashes. Health conditions such as acid reflux could also influence the results of these tests. The sensor technology used in some Breathalyzers may also be subject to margins of error and test results may also prove inaccurate if these items are not properly calibrated. 

What’s next? 

Addressing the validity of Breathalyzer test results may only be one example of a factor to consider when facing DUI charges. Individuals in Georgia who stand accused of such offenses and wish to seek advice on every vital aspect to address could find it beneficial to seek guidance from an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can evaluate the charges and evidence against a client, help explore all his or her available options and assist in creating a strong defense for use during court proceedings. 


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