One minute you may be driving home from an enjoyable evening out, and the next moment you may feel anxiety as you see flashing lights in your rearview mirror. A traffic stop can be intimidating, especially if it is for the reason of suspected intoxicated driving. After pulling you over, a North Carolina police officer will likely come to your window and ask if you have been drinking. He or she may also ask you to submit to one or more sobriety tests.
If you do not pass the sobriety test, the officer may ask that you submit to a chemical test of your breath done with a device called a Breathalyzer. These testing devices have an apparatus into which you breathe, and the device will register your blood alcohol content. If you have a BAC over .08%, that is grounds for arrest. You may benefit from an explanation of how breath tests work and what factors could affect these test results.
It is possible that you may not feel intoxicated or believe you are unable to drive safely. Alcohol affects people in different ways, and there are multiple factors that could affect your BAC reading when taking a Breathalyzer test. Some of these things include:
If you are facing drunk driving charges, it is in your interests to begin immediately to work on an effective and appropriate defense strategy. Part of developing your defense may be to carefully evaluate the case against you, including the results of a BAC you took. It is possible that different factors affect the accuracy of the test, and you may have grounds to challenge the prosecution’s case. An assessment of your case can help you understand the defense options available to you and how to best fight for your future interests.
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Attorney Mike Lassiter grew up in Statesville, makes his living serving the people of Statesville and published a book capturing the changing landscape of small town life across North Carolina and Iredell County. His keen sense of history, dedication to the area and 30 years of legal experience make him an ideal attorney for your legal needs.
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