Are you a criminal attorney specializing in DUI defense? ARCpoint Labs has a nationwide network of collections facilities equipped to provide accurate, court-admissible alcohol testing.
As experienced collections specialists seasoned in all forms of drug and alcohol testing, we are highly-qualified to help you mount a defense against a client’s DUI charge.
Drawbacks to Field Breathalyzer Testing
Breathalyzer or breath alcohol testing is the most common screening used in DUI arrests. In addition to the possibility of faulty equipment and human error, there are several inherent drawbacks to breathalyzer tests that contribute to inaccuracies in test results. These include:
- Elevated BAC measurements due to alcohol trapped in the suspect’s mouth or throat. Breathalyzer test results hinge upon the presumption that the volume of air measured comes from the driver’s lungs alone. Because air from the mouth or esophagus can be measured — including traces of alcohol from burping or vomiting — test results are not always accurate.
- The presence of external contaminants. There are several environmental agents that can affect the integrity of breathalyzer results, including alcohol from cleaning products. If breathalyzer equipment is not properly cleaned between testing, residual alcohol can affect results as well.
These inaccuracies highlight the importance of using follow-up forms of blood alcohol content or BAC testing. ARCpoint Labs can conduct proper breath alcohol, blood, or urine alcohol testing.
Ensuring Accuracy & Chain of Custody in BAC Testing
Our technicians understand the importance of following chain of custody guidelines. We employ preferred collections techniques to strengthen your clients’ cases.
Alcohol testing at ARCpoint Labs is conducted by trained Breath Alcohol Technicians (BATs) who always carry out the necessary precautions against contamination, including consistent monitoring and calibration of equipment used for testing.
To learn more about BAC/alcohol testing for DUI defense, contact your nearest ARCpoint Labs today!
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