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DUI Consequences Nevada

10 things you didn’t know about the Breathalyzer Test

Have you ever been charged with a DUI or had to take a breathalyzer test? While the process can be intimidating, it’s important to understand some facts before entering this situation.

Below are 10 things you didn’t know about the breathalyzer test and DUI.

  1. The results of a breathalyzer test are not always accurate. Breath alcohol content readings can be affected by factors such as alcohol volume, body temperature and even how fast you blew into the device, causing inaccurate readings that could lead to false convictions.
  2. Your state may require “implied consent” if officers suspect that you have been driving while intoxicated. This means that refusal to complete a breathalyzer test may result in license suspension or revocation for refusing to submit—even if you haven’t been drinking at all!
  3. You don’t have to blow directly into the straw portion of a breathalyzer test—test operators will typically explain the entire procedure before asking for your cooperation. This includes asking if there is anything that may interfere with the accuracy of your reading (such as wearing lipstick).
  4. In addition to measuring blood alcohol content, some states use evidence-based testing programs that also measure levels of drugs and their metabolites in bodily fluids like saliva and urine.
  5. Each state has its own legal consequences when it comes to DUI convictions based on breathalyzer tests; they range from fines and jail time to community service hours and other rehabilitative measures like substance abuse classes or ignition interlock devices on vehicles owned by convicted individuals.
  6. Police officers cannot arrest drivers solely based on a positive breathalyzer result without probable cause; additional proof is necessary such as physical signs of intoxication or erratic driving behavior prior to being pulled over.
  7. Results from field sobriety tests (like walking in a straight line) usually carry more weight than those from an initial roadside breathalyzer test due to potential discrepancies between readings that can happen during short time frames between tests taken respiration rates and other variable factors regarding accuracy which affect these types of measurements.. .
  8. Most courts won’t allow defense attorneys to challenge results from portable roadside devices in court since these machines are only considered valid tools for preliminary research–not evidence backed up under strict legal scrutiny.. .
  9. Drivers who fail their tests will typically have their license suspended immediately until further results come back from secondary machine testing commissioned by law enforcement agencies or third party laboratories specialized for these specific cases.. .
  10. Breathalyzers are calibrated periodically using known concentrations of alcohol vapors in order to detect any errors before issuing possible convictions via faulty data sets collected during usage on drivers suspected they may be operating while impaired..