How to Beat a Breathalyzer

How to Beat a Breathalyzer

If you’ve been arrested for DUI, one little number holds the key to your future. It’s called your Blood Alcohol Concentration (or BAC), and it represents the amount of alcohol the breathalyzer or blood testing equipment said was in your bloodstream at the time of your arrest. The higher the number, the harsher the punishment you’ll face if convicted.

At first, your BAC may seem like an open-and-shut case. After all, numbers don’t lie, right? So how can you beat a DUI breathalyzer? With an experienced DUI lawyer from The McShane Firm.

All of our attorneys are certified to own and operate the same roadside breathalyzers used by Pennsylvania state troopers, and know how to spot equipment and operator flaws that can make your “magic number” inadmissible in court.

Equipment Errors

No machines is perfect. They break. They malfunction. They get things wrong. The equipment the police used to measure your breath or your blood at the time of your arrest is no exception. These machines need to be constantly calibrated and adjusted to record incredibly small amounts of alcohol. They also need to be operated properly. One tiny mistake could affect your reading. Also, certain perfectly legal chemicals and substances that might have been in your system when you were tested can trigger a false positive in even some of the most advanced breath testing equipment (see below).

Would you be able to identify or prove if the roadside breathalyzer used in your DUI case was faulty? The highly-trained DUI lawyers of The McShane Firm can. Using the latest forensic science, we can challenge the results of your breath or blood test to provide you with the strongest DUI defense possible.

Procedural Errors

If the police officer who stopped you made any error in roadside procedure, the results of your DUI breathalyzer test might be inadmissible as evidence in court. These errors could be:

  • An invalid reason for your stop
  • An observation period that was too short
  • A failure to read you the proper warnings

Would you be able to tell if the trooper who pulled you over followed the correct roadside protocol? Our DUI lawyers here at The McShane Firm know – and even teach – the same NHTSA procedures required of all Pennsylvania State police officers. Who better to have in your corner defending your rights in the courtroom?

The McShane Firm, LLC - Law OfficesDon’t let one little number decide the fate of your license and your freedom. Contact us today and put the aggressive and knowledgable DUI lawyers at The McShane Firm to work on your case. We might be able to make that “magic number” disappear.