When facing criminal charges involving the intoxicated operation of a vehicle, your future interests are at stake. Whether it is your first offense or you have previous DWI convictions on your record, you would be wise to take immediate steps to protect your interests and pursue the most beneficial outcome to your situation. Strategizing on the right defense begins with examining every aspect of the prosecution’s case, including the results of any chemical test.
The Datamaster (DMT) Breathalyzer is a device used by law enforcement to determine the amount of alcohol in a driver’s system. These are machines into which a driver will breathe, and the device should give an accurate reading of a driver’s alcohol concentration at the time. There is evidence that these devices are not always accurate, and unfortunately, erroneous results could affect a criminal case.
Possible issues with Breathalyzer devices
DMT devices are tools commonly used by Minnesota law enforcement to combat drunk driving. However, these devices should work properly, and those using them should know how to properly administer tests. Machines that do not work well or tests administered improperly could lead to false charges and inaccurate results. Recently, several states have thrown out thousands of drunk driving cases after learning of problems with the Breathalyzers used during traffic stops.
One of the most common problems with a DMT Breathalyzer device is failure to properly calibrate the device. These machines require regular inspections and maintenance in order to give accurate results. As some situations in other states illustrate, improperly calibrated Breathalyzers can lead to dropped charges or even vacated convictions. It is in the interests of each defendant charged with a DWI to seek an assessment of his or her Breathalyzer results and the administration of the test.
Fighting for the future
Inaccurate DMT Breathalyzer results can lead to false charges and a conviction that can change the course of your life. If you have concerns about your arrest, the results of a chemical test or a possible violation of your rights during your interaction with law enforcement, you can fight back. It is in your interests to take immediate action to develop the most effective defense strategy available to you, starting with a careful look at your case. With your future interests and personal freedoms at stake, there is no time to delay.