If you’ve been stopped by the police and are now facing accusations of a DUI, it’s important that you know that you do have rights. It’s also the case that not all the so-called evidence collected at the scene is guaranteed to be accurate.
You may think that field sobriety tests or Breathalyzer tests are 100% accurate, but they are often open to interpretation and can be influenced by outside factors.
Breathalyzer tests can be wrong
The first thing for you to remember is that Breathalyzer tests can be wrong. There is a chance that you could have a false positive test because you recently used an alcohol-based mouthwash or because you have complications from diabetes, for example. Other factors, like burping or coughing, can also affect the test’s accuracy.
Blood tests aren’t always perfect
Blood tests are also potentially faulty. If the blood is collected in the wrong kind of bottle, for instance, the wrong chemicals could be mixed together. If air reaches the blood, it may ferment. These are just two of many factors that could influence the outcome of a test.
Field sobriety tests aren’t 100%
Finally, remember that field sobriety tests aren’t perfect. It is possible that you could fail field sobriety tests even if you are completely sober. Perhaps you have a medical condition that makes it hard to walk, or maybe you have a neurological disorder that changes how your eyes react. In any case, these tests aren’t perfect and are open to discussion.
What should you do if you’re facing charges for a DUI?
If you are currently facing charges for a DUI, it’s necessary for you to take these charges seriously and to look into what you can do to defend yourself. You need to learn more about your legal rights and what to do if you believe that the tests used to gather evidence against you were performed inaccurately or resulted in false-positive results.
You deserve an opportunity to defend yourself. The right approach to your case could help you reduce or eliminate the charges against you and the penalties you could face.