Nevada Alcohol Breath Tests

DUI Breath Tests in Las Vegas & Reno

One way to defend clients against DUI charges is to challenge the breath test administered by law enforcement. This test, sometimes called a breathalyzer test, is used to measure the alcohol level in the tissue of your lungs. It is thought that the alcohol level found in lung tissue mirrors the level of alcohol found in the bloodstream.

Technical Knowledge Makes a Difference

At the Nevada law firm of , our lawyers are highly knowledgeable about issues arising from the use of the Intoxilyzer 5000, the machine used to measure alcohol in the lung tissue. Because of our technical knowledge, we are often able to challenge the evidence based on the results of the breath test.

Attorney Charles Diaz belongs to the National College for DUI Defense, a legal organization that requires members to be sponsored. The college presents numerous workshops and seminars throughout the year, including several on technical issues arising from the administration of a breath test.

Issues Arising from the Use of the Breath Test

Our lawyers mount legal challenges to the breath test machine based on problems such as these:

  • Improper calibration of the machine
  • Test not administered within two hours of being stopped
  • Test not administered correctly
  • Officer not properly trained or certified and thus unable to testify
  • Increase in the amount of alcohol in the mouth or throat that indicates an incorrectly high alcohol level reading caused by belching, vomiting, dental problems, use of mouthwash or alcohol-containing medications
  • Problems arising from the standardization of the results — not everyone is average
  • Machine malfunctions

Issues such as these and many others allow our attorneys to challenge the results of a breath test using their knowledge of the technology.

Contact a DUI Defense Lawyer

Many people want to know if a refusal to take the breath test can hurt them. For answers to questions about this and other matters related to the breath test, contact a Nevada DUI defense lawyer. Call , toll-free at 877.324.6443, or contact us online.

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