Police officers in Texas and throughout the country may administer Breathalyzer tests to those who are suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol. However, passing the test doesn’t mean that a person won’t be charged or convicted of a DUI. This is because other lines of evidence may be used when determining if a motorist poses a danger to others while on a road or highway.
Breathalyzer tests aren’t always accurate
There are many reasons why a Breathalyzer test may incorrectly indicate that you have an elevated blood alcohol level. For instance, it may be detecting the alcohol present in a mint or mouthwash that you consumed prior to getting in your car. Furthermore, if you have recently vomited or have a gastric reflux disorder, the results of a Breathalyzer test may not be accurate. There is a good chance that your attorney will attempt to dispute the results of such a test as well as any others administered by an officer.
Other lines of evidence that are used in a DUI case
Anything that you say or do could be used against you in a legal proceeding. For instance, admitting to a police officer that you have consumed any amount of alcohol may result in being taken into custody. Any statements that you make will likely be included in a police report and entered into evidence in court.
Officer testimony might also be used as evidence that you drove while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Generally speaking, refusing to submit to a Breathalyzer or other chemical test could be taken as a sign of your guilt. Finally, video from dashboard or body cameras can be used by a prosecutor to bolster a case against you.
If you’re facing a DUI charge, it may be in your best interest to hire an attorney. A legal professional could potentially dispute the results of a Breathalyzer test or take other steps to help you obtain a positive outcome in your case.