The sensors in breathalyzers are prone to contamination and interference from various substances. Due to this, sensors require periodic recalibration, or else, the machine's results may be inaccurate. If your arresting officer administered a test with an improperly calibrated breathalyzer, you may have the results thrown out.
Sensors are also very sensitive to changes in temperature. For every 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit over normal body temperature, BAC results go up approximately 7 percent.
Mouthwash and gum can inflate BAC results. Dentures may also inadvertently contain alcohol inside the mouth, leading to an inaccurate reading.
The body takes anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours to absorb alcohol. Also, the absorption of alcohol is not evenly distributed throughout the whole body. The lungs can absorb alcohol more quickly than other parts of the body, leading to inflated BAC test results.
There are numerous other ways in which a breathalyzer test can go wrong. Finally, your defense may be based not on breathalyzer machine error, but administration or procedural error. Due to the technical nature of this issue, it is highly important that you speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our office will prepare a skilled, vigorous defense.
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