Acid Reflux Affects the Breathalyzer and Your BAC Reading
How Can This Happen?
What if you went out to dinner, had two drinks with your meal and felt fine, got in your car and were driving normally and obeying the laws, but had to stop at a Virginia DUI checkpoint? You may know that the two glasses of wine spread over the last several hours hasn't affected your driving, but your acid reflux may harm you in this case.
If a police officer asks you to step out of the vehicle and perform a field sobriety test and a preliminary breath test or breathalyzer test, your acid reflux disease can be a hindrance in your blood alcohol reading. With this condition, alcohol comes from your stomach into your esophagus and can increase your BAC reading, resulting in a false positive when the test is administered. The breathalyzer machine assumes that the alcohol is coming from the lungs, which leads to an incorrect test result.
This is why certain experts believe that there are flaws with breathalyzers that can lead to a false blood-alcohol level. When alcohol comes up from the stomach and into the esophagus, it can elevate your BAC levels. If a test is taken during this time, the test will be flawed.
Even the state of your mouth can have an effect on the test, and lead to false BAC readings. When alcohol is left in your mouth it can increase your blood-alcohol reading. For example, alcohol may be trapped in residue on your tongue, saliva in your mouth, or even food stuck in your teeth. Because breathalyzers identify chemical compounds containing the methyl part of the molecule in alcohol, other factors besides drinking alcohol can give false positives, as methyl molecules are found in other substances. Even mouthwash that contains alcohol has been known to increase someone's blood-alcohol reading.
Just remember, the breathalyzer can be flawed, and a skilled DUI defense attorney will be able to look at all possible defenses available in your case to try and convince a jury that the breathalyzer reading was a false positive. A Virginia drunk driving lawyer will know what to look for and what evidence to present in court to convince the jury that the BAC test was flawed.
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