Sounds scary, doesn’t it? This is the current breath-testing machine used by the state of Georgia. Police officers use this device to detect whether or not a person has been drinking over the current legal limit of 0.08. A suspect breathes into a tube, which then produces a reading.
This is a sophisticated device with the potential for accuracy, however it does have design flaws. But these flaws are strengths for DUI defense attorneys.
If you were to suffer from diabetes, esophageal hernia, heartburn, liver disease, or other illnesses this can cause inaccurate readings from the Intoxilyzer 5000. If you were to be chewing gum or have taken cough syrup before you drove, this can also cause a false result.
The Intoxilyzer 5000 has been known for being an inaccurate way to measure a person’s BAC (blood alcohol content).
While police officers are the ones administering the tests, this does not mean that they know how to use it properly. They are given only minimal training on the device. A good DUI defense attorney will find out whether or not the officer in your case correctly used the machine.
So before you give up hope, let your defense attorney deeply review your case. They may just uncover something you never would have thought about.
The Intoxilyzer 5000 is usually handled by police officers, some of whom have not been formally trained in using the device.