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What factors could affect the accuracy of a Breathalyzer test?

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2023 | DUI Defense | 0 comments

If you are facing charges of drunk driving in Illinois, you know you are up against something that could change the course of your life. These are serious allegations, and a conviction could result in penalties that will affect your personal and professional life for years to come. It’s in your interests to take quick action to build a strong and thoughtful defense strategy that will allow you to fight for your future.

One important aspect of your defense strategy should be to carefully examine the prosecution’s case against you, starting with the results of the Breathalyzer test. These devices can malfunction for various reasons, skewing results and affecting criminal cases. If there were problems with your test, it is possible you could have grounds to challenge these test results.

External factors to consider

There are specific things that could ultimately affect the results of a Breathalyzer test. While these devices are generally reliable, it is the responsibility of law enforcement to keep them maintained and ready for use. Some important factors to consider regarding the accuracy of these devices include:

  • These devices need regular calibration and replacement of batteries to give accurate results.
  • Substances in the mouth of the driver, such as mouthwash, could affect the results of the Breathalyzer test.
  • Misuse and human error can affect the accuracy of the results from the test.
  • Fumes, chemicals and other environment factors may affect the results of a breath test.
  • If the software that operates the Breathalyzer malfunctions, it is possible it can affect results.

Challenging the results of a Breathalyzer device can be complicated. If you think this is important for your defense strategy, you will find it beneficial to work with an experienced attorney from the very beginning of your case.

Your defense starts now

You do not have to wait to start working on your defense. You can start this process as soon as possible after an arrest by reaching out for an evaluation of your case and explanation of the legal options available to you.

Fines, loss of driving privileges and even the potential for jail time are on the line when facing DUI charges in Illinois. Thankfully, you do not have to face them alone. With effective legal counsel, it is possible to effectively defend your future interests and personal rights after a drunk driving arrest.