After being pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Wisconsin, the police officer will ask for a blood or breath sample to determine your Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC). Law enforcement officers usually prefer a breath test sample because it generates a quick result. How do you know this result is accurate? What factors may have produced a false positive or a higher reading? By hiring Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen, these results can be argued.
The Breathalyzer Detects Alcohol, Right?
Of course the breath test machine, also known as an EC/IR II machine is designed to detect alcohol… There are many types of alcohol other than the alcohol you drink. Ethanol is the drinking alcohol, but the EC/IR II breath test machine will also detect many other types of alcohol. Long or recent exposure to products containing alcohol can skew your breath test results.
Will Naturally Occurring Bodily Functions Affect the EC/IR II Results?
In short, yes. If a person belches, has hiccups, or heartburn/indigestion around the time of taking the Breathalyzer, the results could produce a higher BrAC. This is due to the gases in the stomach being released through the mouth. When meeting with Wisconsin DUI Defense Attorney Nathan J. Dineen, be sure to make note of any bodily functions that may have occurred during the breath test.
Breathing into the Breath Test Machine
Prior to breathing into the EC/IR II, you will inhale so you are able to give decent breath sample. The amount of time a person holds their breath will affect the results. Breathing too fast or too slow will skew the results. And there will be a difference in the results depending on whether a person normally breathes through their mouth or their nose.
Will Temperature Make a Difference for the Breathalyzer?
The temperature of the weather and the body have an effect BrAC. If a person’s body temperature is out of normal range, breath test results may differ. This could result with receiving a DUI for a misrepresented breath test result.
The Effects of Mouth Alcohol on the Breath Test Machine
Mouth alcohol is when a small amount of alcohol stays in the mouth. This can happen to a person who wears dentures or had recent dental work. The mouth alcohol will raise the BrAC results.
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