Handheld Breathalyzers

Handheld Breathalyzers

Oakland DUI Defense Lawyers

When a police officer stops your vehicle under suspicion of DUI, he or she will likely ask you to submit to a breath test to determine your BAC. The way they obtain this sample is by using a handheld Breathalyzer, which measures the amount of alcohol in your breath. Unlike blood tests, Breathalyzer tests are painless and easy to administer on the side of the road.

Their convenience and accuracy make them a favorite for law enforcement officials throughout California. Yet these tests are not nearly as accurate as many are led to believe. Improper administration, inaccurate calibration, certain foods, and even medical conditions can all lead to false readings.

Improper Administration & Calibration

Police officers are supposed to be properly trained to use the handheld Breathalyzer. In addition, these machines must be maintained and calibrated in order to trigger accurate readings.

An officer is supposed to observe a DUI suspect for 15 minutes prior to administering the Breathalyzer. During this time, suspects are not supposed to smoke, chew gum, or eat mints. When they are administering the test, suspects are not supposed to burp, belch, or vomit. These can all falsely raise the Breathalyzer reading. Unfortunately, police officers do not always follow these rules and procedures when administering a Breathalyzer. As a result, innocent men and women are mistakenly arrested for DUI every year.

Foods and Medical Conditions

The Breathalyzers detect any amount of alcohol in your breath. Foods that contain alcohol or that ferment can falsely raise the BAC readings. Mouthwashes and paint fumes can notoriously trigger elevated readings due to the alcohol that is left in the mouth. Also, dieters who follow the Atkins diet can trick Breathalyzers due to the isopropyl alcohol that is produced in high protein diets.

There are numerous medical conditions that can also trick Breathalyzers into thinking you are driving impaired. Some of these medical conditions include:

  • GERD
  • Untreated Diabetes
  • Fasting
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Yeast infections
  • Lyme disease

Contact Us for Experienced Defense

At the Oakland Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our law firm serves clients in Oakland, Concord, Richmond, and Berkeley. Call us today to set up a free review of your case at (510) 907-6600. We know that Breathalyzers are often incorrect and police officers make mistakes. If you are already detained, we are also available for phone consultations and jail interviews. You can also fill out a confidential contact form.

WE ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER OPTION. WE SHOULD BE YOUR ONLY CHOICE.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

We Don't Let Our Clients Down
  • “Mr. Ahmed was able to get the ticket completely dismissed.”

    C. D.

  • “He has a very calming demeanor that relaxes you immediately.”

    Tenae K.

  • “Finally, an attorney who keeps his word!”

    Civil Rights Client

  • “Best lawyer ever!”

    Terrence

  • “Thanks Mr. Ahmed, your work is much appreciated!”

    Billy D.

  • “I highly recommend and trust him implicitly”
  • “If you need someone who understands, Mr. Ahmed will make sure that you are comfortable and will give you a calming feeling.”

    Adarice

  • “He was knowledgeable, personable, and reliable.”

    Lisa P.

  • “Completely honored to meet him.”

    Frances

  • “The right man at the right time.”

    David

  • “I will forever be grateful!”

    Kiki H.

  • “Attentive and honest.”

    DUI

  • “He is not only a good lawyer but a good person also.”

    Sumera

  • “I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nabiel Ahmed.”

    Alexis

  • “Very talented attorney with excellent communication skills!”

    R. S.

Schedule a Free Consultation

How to Reach Us

Oakland

510.907.6600 405 14th St #211
Oakland, CA 94612 Map & Directions [+]

San Ramon

925.302.2833 2500 Old Crow Canyon Road #525 San Ramon, CA 94583 Map & Directions [+]

San Jose

408.706.2741 2033 Gateway Place #500 San Jose, CA 95110 Map & Directions [+]
CONTACT US
  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid email address.
    Please enter your email address.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
    Please enter your phone number.
    You entered an invalid number.
  • Please select an option.
  • Please enter a message.