It is easy to feel completely trapped and without options when you fail a Breathalyzer test and receive DUI charges. In films and television, Breathalyzers often seem like infallible devices that produce reliable results each and every time an officer administers a test with one. However, these devices do have some weaknesses, and in certain circumstances, you may have grounds to challenge Breathalyzer results and possibly see the charges against you dismissed.
A Breathalyzer device can only deliver dependable results when it is properly calibrated, maintained and operated. If the device is not properly calibrated, it may produce inaccurate readings that unjustly result DUI charges. Likewise, if the device is not properly maintained on a regular basis, it may malfunction and produce similar inaccurate results. It is also easy to see how operator error can produce inaccurate readings. If you find grounds to challenge the accuracy or validity of the results of your Breathalyzer test, a court or jury may choose to toss out these results or even dismiss the charges altogether.