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.
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.
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