DUI & Alcotest Machines

March 16, 2019

         Law enforcement today is more vigilant than ever when it comes driving under the influence.  In the state of New Jersey, if you are suspected of drunk driving or driving under the influence, you most likely will be asked to take a breathalyzer test or alcotest machine to determine your level of inebriation. This test allows for any and all amounts of alcohol on an individual’s breath to be tested sufficiently.

         DUI stands for “Driving Under the Influence.” Statistics show that 40% of all motor vehicle related accidents involve a driver impaired by alcohol. If a driver is pulled over and asked to take the test by a law enforcement officer, the individual must submit to the test without refusal. If an induvial refuses to submit to the test they may be charged with refusal, which is different than a DUI charge. In the state of New Jersey, an individual is considered under the influence and above the legal limit if their BAC falls at or above 0.08 percent.

         So, how does the alcotest machine work? It uses two independent variant measuring systems to determine an individual’s BAC or (blood alcohol content).  The intoxilyzers on the machine are designated to pick up even the slightest trace of alcohol on one’s breath. Depending on the severity of the results, the consequences of the test can range from moderate ramifications to life changing results.

         In certain cases, the alcotest machine, also known as a breathalyzer, can produce faulty results. There are numerous factors that can contribute to a false positive on the test. Tests are susceptible to picking up ketones, found in blood of diabetics, which produces a higher level of acetone on one’s breath, commonly being mistaken for alcohol.  Other factors include environmental elements such as fumes and chemicals, and the glitches in software behind the breathalyzer.

         While it is necessary to consult an attorney about the charges you are facing, understanding the severity of the situation is crucial. Being convicted of a DUI can result in consequences ranging from loss of license for two years, to jail time.

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