Preliminary Breath Tests by DeKalb Co. Police

Posted by Richard Lawson | Mar 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Preliminary breath tests are a source of confusion by many of those arrested of DUI by DeKalb County law enforcement officers.  When a DeKalb officer makes a traffic stop, and then suspects that that the driver is under the influence of alcohol, he or she will usually administer some field sobriety tests.  Then the officer asks the driver to take a preliminary breath test.  This is not the breath test that is admissible in court and administered at the jail.  This preliminary test, sometimes called the alcosensor, is a breath test that indicates the presence of alcohol on the drivers breath.  A positive finding can assist the officer in making the determination to arrest. 

However, the preliminary breath test results are often inaccurate.  The temperature and variables such as whether the driver was eating breath mints or was chewing gum can affect the results.  DeKalb DUI attorney Richard Lawson has experience attacking the validity of such breath tests.  If you have been unfairly arrested and charged with driving under the influence,  call the DeKalb County law offices of Richard Lawson for a free case consultation as soon as possible.  An arrest does not mean a conviction. 

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Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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