The majority of DWI cases in Texas involve a breath test reading. For law enforcement, breath tests are cheap and easy to administer. The breath test machines, however, are not necessarily accurate and reliable.
If you failed a breath test and are facing DWI charges as a result, do not lose hope. At Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy, we take on breath tests and seek to expose their flaws. Call us today at (469) 304-3422 to set up a free consultation.
We represent clients throughout Collin County, including Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney and Murphy.
The first problem with breath test machines is that it makes many assumptions including:
These problems and many others are well documented and even included in police training manuals. Defense attorneys are able to use all of these problems in court to show that just because the machine showed a breath test reading over .08 does not mean that the reading was accurate or reliable.
Additionally, human error in operating or maintaining the machine is also a common problem. The defense attorney can move to suppress the results if the machine was not working properly or if the procedures set out to inspect, clean and calibrate the machine were not followed properly.
Other common defenses presented at trial include an allegation that radio frequency interference (RFI) inflated the reading. All radio transmitters, including cellular phones and police radios, emit radio waves. Radio transmitters interfere with the breath test machines.
Although breath test machines have metal covers, RFI still occurs. In fact, the machine alerts the operator to RFI when it occurs. Because the manufacturer of the machine keeps the source code secret - there is no way to know how much RFI must occur before the machine produces the flag. The fact that the machine alerts to some instances of RFI does not mean that the machine is alerting to all instances of RFI that are inflating readings.
If you were pulled over and given a breath test on I-75, the Dallas North Tollway or any road or street in Collin County and now face charges as the result of a breath test, contact a skilled attorney at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today. Call (469) 304-3422 to set up a free consultation.