There’s a secret that law enforcement don’t want you to know about breath testing. A secret so good, that once you know it, you can pass a breathalyzer test every time. As you will see, beating a breathalyzer is easy, no matter the amount of alcohol in your system. It’s all about breathing patterns. And this little secret shows how bad breathalyzers really are a measuring blood alcohol content (BAC) levels.
This method will work with an interlock device too, but not if you’re on probation and the court wants to know if you drink any alcohol. This method only works when you’re trying to beat the legal limit. If you find yourself in this situation at the moment immediately call the Michigan lawyers near me who handle DUI.
But before you can understand why this secret works, it’s important to understand a little bit about BAC readings (breath or bodily alcohol level), breath samples, breath testing, and the science behind how it’s supposed to work.
How Breathalyzers Work to Get Your BAC
Breath testing is an indirect testing method, meaning a breath test machine tests your breath, and then guesses at how much alcohol is in your blood. First, let’s talk about measurement.
The molecule in alcoholic beverages is called ethanol. This molecule includes lots of carbon hydrogen bonds. These bonds begin to vibrate when exposed to infrared light. First you must blow into the device. A breathalyzer works by capturing a sample of your breath and then shinining an infrared light through it.
The amount of light that “gets through” the sample, and therefore the amount not absorbed by the ethanol, is measured. This measurement is then converted into a blood alcohol content.
Why Breathalyzers Often Don’t Work
So, in order for breath testing to have any relevance, the breath alcohol must equal the blood alcohol.
According to the people who invented breath testing, the alcohol in deep lung air is at equilibrium with blood alcohol. This means that a breath test machine must test this deep lung air in order for the results to have any meaning in court.
Because of this, in order to beat the breath test, all you need to do is replace this deep lung breath that is saturated with alcohol with air from the room containing no alcohol. You can do this by hyperventilating.
Of course, this only works if the current theory of breath testing, which is described above, is actually true. There are other scientists, such as Dr. Michael Hlastala, who thinks this theory is wrong. He has developed a new paradigm for breath testing. This whole thing is part of the reason why Dr. Hlastala thinks breath testers don’t work. If they did, things like holding your breath or hyperventilating wouldn’t matter.
Either way, you should know that before blowing into the machine the police officer will be observing you for at least 15 minutes. If he/she catches you trying to hyperventilate, then you could be charged with a breath test refusal. This could result in your actually losing your license for 12-24 months!
The best way to pass a breath test is to not take nne in the first place – don’t drink and drive!
Also, you should understand that law enforcement won’t just rely on the breath test. If you are pulled over and the police think you’re drunk driving, you’ll be given field sobriety tests. These field sobriety tests usually include walking a straight line, standing on one foot, saying the alphabet, counting backwards, finger to nose and many others.
The horizontal gaze nystagmus is also frequently given and is one of the standardized field sobriety tests given at the roadside.
If you end up being arrested for DUI, the police and prosecutor will rely on the combination of the breath test results and the field sobriety tests to try to get a conviction. In Michigan, the crime of DUI is called OWI. An OWI in Michigan can be proved two ways. With either the field sobriety tests, the breath test results or a combination of both.
There are many articles on this website on all of these topics. The Barone Defense Firm was founded by Patrick Barone, who received a premed degree before attending law school. Barone and all the lawyers at the firm use this information to understand the science of breath and blood testing, and this is just one of the factors that set them apart from nearly all other lawyers in Michigan who handle the defense of intoxicated drivers.
If you are arrested in Michigan for drunk driving, be sure to contact the top Michigan DUI Lawyers at Barone Defense Firm and receive your no obligation case evaluation. The information and advice you receive is free. We also offer various payment plans. Our number is (248) 306-9158 – speak to a live attorney days and weekends.