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Inaccuracies of Breathalyzer Tests

Breathalyzers are commonly used to determine the blood alcohol concentration of those suspected of driving under the influence. While these machines may be able provide a close approximation of a person’s blood alcohol concentration under the right circumstances, there are a number of critical factors that may contribute to a misreading. With that in mind, drivers in Cape Cod accused of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol may be able to legally challenge the validity of a failed breathalyzer test with the help of an experienced defense attorney.

Why a Breathalyzer May Be Inaccurate

Even when breathalyzers are properly maintained and operated, they may produce inaccurate readings under some circumstances. The most common factors that may contribute to a false breathalyzer reading include:

  • Medical conditions, including acid reflux and diabetes
  • The presence of alcohol in the mouth after recently having a drink
  • Improper calibration and maintenance of the machine

Our Cape Cod legal team understands how a breathalyzer can produce a false result and, when they do, how to develop a legal strategy highlighting that fact.

Consult with a Cape Cod DUI Defense Attorney

At James Powderly, our Cape Cod DUI defense attorneys will work with you to develop a comprehensive legal strategy designed to challenge each and every aspect of your arrest in an effort to eliminate your charges before they every make their way to court. To discuss the particulars of your case with one of our Cape Cod criminal defense attorneys, please call our Cape Cod offices at (508) 343-0676 today.