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The process of challenging a breathalyzer test

by | Jan 17, 2019 | Criminal Defense |

One piece of evidence of a drunk driving charge may include a breathalyzer test so it is essential for accused individuals to know how to defend against the evidence being used against them. Breathalyzer tests are designed to measure the blood alcohol content level of the accused individual and may be used to determine if the accused individual was driving under the influence and what charges they will face.

When challenging the results of a breathalyzer test, it is helpful to be familiar with how they work and to know that they must be properly maintained and calibrated to provide accurate test results. In addition, police officers conducting breathalyzer tests must be properly trained in how to do so for the test results to be reliable. Sometimes a portable breathalyzer test will be performed and sometimes one will be performed at the police station so accused individuals should be familiar with those details associated with breathalyzer tests as well.

Defending against DWI charges may require a multi-faceted approach but challenging the alleged evidence against the accused individual may be a component. If the police department failed to properly maintain the breathalyzer test and properly calibrate it according to best practices, and procedures set forth and the schedules necessary to ensure accurate results, it may be possible to challenge the evidence and have it thrown out.

Drunk driving charges carry serious and potentially harsh penalties and consequences which is why it is important for accused individuals to know how to attack the accusations, allegations and criminal charges they may be facing. Challenging evidence, or the activities of authorities, is a component of a strong criminal defense strategy that it is important for accused individuals to be familiar with.