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Charged with drunk driving despite not having a drink?

You were out, going about your day or night as usual, and then it happened. While driving along a Pennsylvania road you saw lights flashing behind you and were being pulled over — but for what? After the officer approached your window and began asking you questions it became quite clear, you were suspected of drunk driving. Knowing you had not had anything to drink that day, you were certain the investigation would turn up nothing, but instead you ended up being arrested due to a high Breathalyzer test readout — how could this be?

The sad reality of this type of situation is that it happens all too often. Breathalyzers are not perfect and a number of substances other than alcohol can cause a false reading. What substances can do this? A few include certain medications, mouthwash, breath sprays and even lip balm — among various others.

Once a breath sample is given, it can be tough to dispute the results. That is why some attorneys say to refuse these tests despite the consequences that can come from doing so. If you did not refuse, that does not mean you are out of luck. Legal counsel may be able to help you fight the test results.

The simple truth of the matter is, Breathalyzers are not 100 percent accurate. Police officers do make mistakes. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, you have the right to defend yourself against drunk driving charges with the assistance of legal counsel. To learn more about an attorney may be able to help you with your DUI charge, please visit our firm’s website.

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Louis Emmi

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