Georgia law states that when you drive a vehicle you have given “implied consent” to have your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) tested. If a police officer observes any signs of intoxication while you are behind the wheel such as, swerving, reckless driving, speeding, wide turns, or an inability to stay in your lane, you may be pulled over and asked to perform several field sobriety tests. If the officer decides that you are under the influence from the observed driving and the results of a field sobriety test you will be arrested for a DUI and taken to a police station where you are required by law to submit to a blood, breath, or urine test to get your BAC. If you refuse this test, you will have your license suspended for at least 1 year. Contact a DUI Defense Lawyer in Henry County immediately if this has happened to you, quick action is your best defense.
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Commonly, the breath test is used to calculate your BAC. Currently, the state of Georgia uses the Intoxilyzer 5000, a machine that has been around since the 1970s, to test BAC. The state of Georgia knows that this machine has a margin of error but continues to use this outdated technology, while many other states have upgraded to newer models.
A number of variables can cause a false reading with the Intoxilyzer 5000. For example, the length of the time between alcohol consumption and testing, hyperventilation, core body temperature, a diet high in protein, interfering radio frequencies, the use of cough medicine or mouthwash, and exposure to paint thinners can impact the results from this machine.
The legal team at Lawson and Berry has studied the science behind the breath test and can easily identify factors that may have created an inaccurate reading during your breath test. If the evidence is strong enough, we may even be able to challenge the results from your breath test.
When you are providing a sample for a blood test, it is critical that all procedures are followed in order to get an accurate and dependable blood sample. There are several things that can cause an inaccurate BAC reading such as, the use of an alcohol swab prior to blood being drawn or the separation of plasma from the rest of the blood can make you BAC appear much higher than it actually is. You have the right to request an independent blood test if you have submitted to one during the DUI process.
The science behind the breath and blood test can be very complex and you should not attempt to handle your DUI charges on your own. Contact a knowledgeable DUI attorney in Henry County to get the necessary guidance concerning your specific circumstances surrounding your case. Our firm will enlist expert witness, to review the scientific and legal aspects of your case and build the best DUI defense possible for your unique needs.
Contact a Henry County Blood & Breath Test Lawyer from Lawson and Berry if you are facing DUI charges and are seeking skilled legal representation.