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Frequently Asked Questions About Breathalyzer Tests

When you are pulled over for a suspected DWI/DUI, it’s important to remember you have rights. The Law Office of Drew Fritsch has successfully worked with clients charged with DWI/DUI throughout New York. I have practiced criminal law for over 20 years and this experience gives me the knowledge needed to fight for those who need it most.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the breathalyzer test, a tool frequently used by law enforcement officers during a suspected DWI arrest.

Q: What is a breathalyzer test?

A: The main purpose of the test is to analyze the alcohol content in your system. Based on that information, a police officer can decide whether you are intoxicated or not.

Q: How accurate are such tests?

A: The most accurate test for determining blood alcohol level is through a blood sample. Since a breathalyzer does not collect your blood, it is not as accurate. However, it is still used as a way to determine sobriety. In the past, some courts have thrown breathalyzer test results out after they decided the results weren’t reliable.

Q: Can my breathalyzer results be used in court against me?

A: Yes, however, every case is different. An experienced attorney is best equipped to handle these types of cases.

Q: If I fail a breathalyzer test, should I even bother challenging my DWI arrest?

A: Before throwing the idea away completely, it’s best to talk to a knowledgeable attorney. I can analyze your case, provide an honest assessment and help you decide which option is in your best interests. Trust a skilled lawyer to guide you in the right direction.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a DWI and have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact my office in Buffalo to schedule a consultation. Call 716-267-6440 today or email me today for help.