Georgia Breathalyzer Testing
If you decide to drink and drive, and get pulled over, you will be asked to submit to a breath test—better known as a “breathalyzer.” This test uses chemicals to determine the amount of alcohol in the adult’s bloodstream. This is referred to as blood alcohol content.
In the United States, it is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more. Some drivers in Georgia face even stricter regulations. For example, minors can only have a blood alcohol content of .02%. Commercial drivers can only have a blood alcohol content of .04%.
In Georgia, police officers use something called the Intoxilyzer 5000. This testing device, however, is so heavily flawed that many states have actually discontinued use. Persons with certain medical conditions—such as diabetes and acid reflux disease—might have false readings. Someone who was recently chewing gum or drinking cough syrup might get a false positive. For this reason, readings in Georgia can be challenged in court. Even if the reading was correct, it is possible to challenge a reading if an officer was not properly trained to use the Intoxilyzer 5000 or failed to maintain the device.
DUIs are serious. But for the reasons above, it is possible to contest your conviction. Therefore, it is very important to contract a lawyer immediately. DUI attorneys are trained to find weaknesses in the prosecution’s allegations—meaning that your charges could be reduced or outright dismissed.