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Breathalyzer Tests Mistakes and Health Complications

A person charged with DWI may face serious consequences if they are convicted. These cases often use breathalyzer tests for evidence. However, these breathalyzer machines do not distinguish between alcohol in a person’s breath that appears due to consumption and alcohol that appears because of a medical condition. This failure to distinguish can result in some individuals being arrested and prosecuted on the basis of misleading evidence.

For more information regarding your legal options if you have been charged with DWI and believe that an inaccurate breathalyzer test is to be used against you, contact the Raleigh DWI defense lawyers at the Law Office of Jim Black at 919-600-4609 today. Let our knowledgeable advisors help you to resolve your legal concerns and questions.

Health Conditions and Breathalyzers

Certain health conditions have a unique effect on the human body, producing chemicals that are not commonly found in a person’s breath. These conditions can manipulate the chemical make-up of the stomach or parts around the airway. This may create compounds that are similar to those associated with the consumption of alcohol, possibly resulting in a BAC reading that is over the legal limit.

The following health conditions can cause this type of confusion:

  • Acid reflux disease
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Diabetes

These health problems are not altogether rare, and may significantly affect a breathalyzer test’s results. These machines are far from perfectly reliable sources of evidence and ought to be challenged by a defendant in court when appropriate.

Contact Us

If you are facing DWI allegations, the evidence used by prosecutors may not be accurate, so it is important that you do not allow it to be presented without a challenge. To learn more about your legal options, contact the Raleigh DWI attorneys at the Law Office of Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.



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