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2 facts about chemical breath sobriety tests

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Drunk Driving |

There are three kinds of chemical sobriety tests. Each of these tests evaluates the amount of alcohol found in a person’s body. Drivers may relocate to a police station or hospital to have their blood or urine tested. However, many people submit to chemical breath sobriety tests.

A breath test is a small machine about the size of a radio with a small tube attached. If a driver is asked to take this test, they will need to blow into the tube until the machine gives a reading of their blood alcohol content (BAC).

Before submitting to a breath test, there are a few facts that you should know:

Fact 1: Breath tests can be wrong

As mentioned above, there are three chemical sobriety tests. The least accurate of the three is the urine test, and the most accurate is the blood test. All three types can be wrong on occasion. None of them are infallible.

Fact 2: You cannot trick a breath test

For many years, people believed that breath tests could be tricked. People have tried using mouthwash and gum to hide the smell of alcohol on their breath, but these products often include small traces of alcohol that can raise a driver’s BAC levels. People have also tried sucking on pennies expecting a breath test to fail. None of these tricks work.

If you believe that a breath test was inaccurate, you may challenge the results. Getting legal guidance as you build a criminal defense can protect you from major consequences.