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Test positive on a Breathalyzer? This might be why

On Behalf of | Jun 23, 2022 | Drunk Driving

If you know you had too much to drink before getting in the car, you will not be surprised if the police give you a DUI if they stop you.

Yet most people do not set out to drink themselves over the limit before taking the wheel. In many cases, they simply fail to realize that they have consumed enough to put them in breach of the law. So it can be a great surprise when they test over the limit.

Here are some possible explanations to consider if you get an unexpected DUI:

The machine was faulty

Most machines that measure things need regular calibration if their results are to be relied on. Do not assume the police have done this. Get legal help to ask for the records to prove they have. If they do not have them, it may throw the test results into doubt.

Something else affected the reading

Certain chemical substances in everyday things could influence a reading. If you are driving a car that you just sprayed, there is a possibility you could claim the paint solvent affected the reading.

You drank more than you realize

A judge won’t let you off if you suddenly remember you had a glass of wine in the house before going to the bar for a couple of beers. Yet, if someone spiked your drink or passed an alcoholic drink off as an alcohol-free one, you may be able to persuade the judge to go easy on you.

Fighting a DUI is rarely straightforward, so it is crucial to get legal help to examine all your options.