If you've recently been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Rhode Island, you're likely facing a whirlwind of emotions and concerns. One of the key pieces of evidence often used in DUI cases is the breathalyzer test result. You may be wondering how do you know if a breathalyzer machine is accurate, and can the results of a breathalyzer machine be relied on?
At the Law Office of David Ellison, we understand the uncertainties and fears that come with a DUI charge. Our criminal defense attorneys have helped countless individuals facing similar situations, and we're here to shed light on the accuracy of breathalyzer tests and explain how we can assist you in your time of need.
What is a Breathalyzer Machine in Rhode Island?
Breathalyzer machines are commonly used by law enforcement to measure a person's blood alcohol concentration (BAC). They are usually used at the police station. They are monitored by the Rhode Island Department of Health for accuracy. They are different from preliminary breath tests (PBT) that are given on the side of the road by the police.
How Can the Accuracy of Breathalyzer Machines be Questioned in Rhode Island?
While breathalyzer devices play a crucial role in DUI enforcement, they are not perfect, and their accuracy can be questioned. Some factors to consider:
- Calibration: Breathalyzer machines require regular calibration to maintain their accuracy. Failure to calibrate a device properly can lead to inaccurate BAC readings.
- Operator Error: The person administering the test must be trained and follow specific protocols. Mistakes in the administration process can affect the results.
- Machine Malfunctions: Like any electronic device, breathalyzers can malfunction. A malfunctioning machine may produce inaccurate readings.
- External Factors: Certain substances, medical conditions, or even diet can influence BAC results, potentially leading to false positives.
- Legal Challenges: Experienced DUI defense attorneys can challenge the accuracy and reliability of breathalyzer test results in court, raising reasonable doubt about their validity.
How Can The Law Office of David Ellison Help?
At the Law Office of David Ellison, we have a track record of successfully defending clients against DUI charges. We understand the complexities of DUI cases and are well-versed in the potential pitfalls associated with breathalyzer tests. Here's how we can assist you:
- Investigation: We will investigate your case, including the circumstances surrounding the breathalyzer test. This can include checking for calibration records, operator records, operator errors, and machine malfunctions.
- Legal Knowledge: Our team of skilled attorneys has an in-depth understanding of Rhode Island DUI laws and regulations.
- Courtroom Advocacy: If necessary, we will vigorously represent you in court, challenging the accuracy and reliability of breathalyzer test results to raise doubts about the evidence against you.
Facing a DUI charge in Rhode Island can be overwhelming, but understanding the accuracy of breathalyzer machines and having the right legal representation can make all the difference. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI in Rhode Island, don't hesitate to contact the Law Office of David Ellison. We are committed to protecting your rights and fighting for the best possible outcome in your case. Let us help you navigate this challenging time with confidence and peace of mind.