Illinois Breathalyzer Testing

We’re all familiar with the sight of an accused drunk driver being asked to blow into a breathalyzer to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC) and potential intoxication. If convicted of DUI, you run the risk of endangered employment, lost driving privileges, heavy fines, and increased insurance rates. Is it really worth going it alone? For answers on breathalyzers and a confidential case consultation, call us today.

How it works

A breathalyzer is a device designed to measure blood alcohol concentration by analyzing a sample of the accused person’s breath. Police officers in the field use breathalyzers as evidence of intoxication to be used in a DUI prosecution.

The jury is out on the true accuracy of breathalyzers. In fact, a recent study found that up to 25% of all individuals will receive an inflated BAC reading when they blow into a breathalyzer. Improper calibration/use, poor training, and normal wear and tear can impact the accuracy of any device. Unfortunately, prosecutors will do whatever it takes to have these inaccurate results admitted as evidence used against you in court.

The BAC test is administered AFTER you have been arrested. While you can choose to refuse breathalyzer testing, your license will be suspended because of your refusal and you still must defend the criminal charges.

Unfortunately, any evidence gathered on the scene of a DUI arrest can and will be used against you in court. The right DUI lawyer understands this - and will defend your rights. Contact us today for a confidential case consultation.