Being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) can be a terrifying experience. However, the more you understand about your rights, the better off you will be. If law enforcement has reasonable suspicion to pull you over, he or she might ask you to submit to a breathalyzer test. The most common testing method is the breath test, as most officers prefer the convenience and immediate results. Likewise, a suspect in Ohio doesn’t have the right to choose which test to take; only the police can make that choice.
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, make sure to talk to one of our experienced Cincinnati DUI attorneys as soon as possible. Patituce & Associates has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience to offer you. We also understand how serious a DUI charge can be. Let us provide you with aggressive legal representation.
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Breathalyzers are machines that use the alcohol content in your breath to determine your overall blood alcohol content (BAC).The portable versions of these devices use infrared spectroscopy; when you blow into the machine, infrared energy is transmitted through the chamber containing your breath sample. Alcohol molecules will absorb infrared energy, so the device measures the overall amount of energy absorbed. Based on the amount absorbed, the computer calculates the concentration of alcohol in the breath sample.
If your BAC shows a concentration over 0.08%, you are guilty of a DUI. If the machine was used within the first 3 hours of driving, it could be used in court against you. Likewise, it must be analyzed according to the methods approved by the Department of Health. The Department of Health also mandates rules for how to maintain these machines and keep them accurate. If the police department doesn’t keep these breathalyzers up to date, its accuracy in measuring BAC would be compromised.
If you’re facing a DUI charge, your driving rights will be on the line. If you depend on your license to earn a living, you might be in serious trouble. Let us help you defend your rights and your freedom. Talk to one of our skilled Cincinnati criminal defense lawyers about your case as soon as possible.
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