Georgia Breathalyzer Test
Even if you have never been suspected of driving under the influence (DUI), you probably know that Georgia law officers often use breath tests to help them identify drunk drivers. Along with blood and urine tests, a breath test—commonly referred to as a “breathalyzer”—is a chemical testing method used to determine the amount of alcohol in a driver’s bloodstream, or blood alcohol content (BAC). While this method of testing may seem pretty reliable at first glance, it is important for drivers to be aware of the many flaws a Georgia breathalyzer test can have.
Across the United States, it is against the law to operate a vehicle if you have a BAC of 0.08% or more. However, in the state of Georgia, this limit applies only to certain drivers. If you under the legal drinking age (21) or you operate a commercial vehicle, you must abide by even lower BAC guidelines—0.02% for minors and 0.04% for commercial drivers.
Each state has laws specifying the type of device officers must use to administer breathalyzers. In the state of Georgia, the model used by police officers is called the Intoxilyzer 5000. Unfortunately, this particular breath testing device is known to have flaws in its source code, which has led many states to discontinue its use. However, despite its known inaccuracies, Georgia law enforcement continues to conduct all breathalyzers on the Intoxilyzer 5000.
The good news is that, because of its proven flaws, the Intoxilyzer 5000’s results can often be challenged in criminal court. Many medical conditions, including diabetes and acid reflux disease, are known to produce false BAC readings. The same is also true when substances such as gum, breath mints, and cough syrup are consumed. You can also challenge your breathalyzer test results if you can prove that the officer who administered the test was not properly trained to use the Intoxilyzer 5000 or failed to maintain the device appropriately.
If you were recently arrested for drunk driving after failing a Georgia breathalyzer test, it is important to seek legal representation immediately. With a strong defense strategy, you may be able to prove that your test results were inaccurate and avoid a life-altering DUI conviction.
After representing thousands of drivers like you, attorney Greg Willis knows everything there is to know about breath testing and the science behind BAC calculations. After undergoing extensive training on the Intoxilyzer 5000, Mr. Willis has been certified to administer Georgia breathalyzer tests, and he can put this knowledge to good use when planning your defense.
To put one of the state’s most successful DUI defense attorneys to work for you, contact the Law Offices of Greg Willis today. In addition to a free case evaluation, Mr. Willis will also prepare a free license appeal letter for your case if you decide to retain him as your attorney.
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