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Was I Really Drunk?

Was I Really Drunk?

Posted by Robert J. Ault on Nov 09, 2014 | 0 Comments

While some of our clients are the first to admit they had too much to drink on the night of their arrest, others are shocked to learn their alleged breath test samples were in excess of Washington State's legal limit.  While some medical professionals claim there are different ways to calculate one's true breath alcohol level (by how much alcohol was consumed in a specific amount of time), it is important to note that there is no 100% way to know one's actual breath alcohol level by merely counting drinks.   This is because of the endless variables that can play a part in such.  Factors include, but are not limited to: Medical issues (Diabetes, GERD, etc..); Breathing Patterns (the longer you blow, the higher you go); Food Intake; Types of Alcohol Consumed; Issues with the breath test device itself;  Issues with the administration of the breath test device;  Subject's Body Mass; Uncertainty Calculations, etc…All people are different.  Therefore, our bodies are going to metabolize alcohol differently.  Thus, while our State doesn't prohibit people from consuming alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel, the only way for a subject to be assured that they aren't above the legal limit is to not consume ANY alcohol prior to driving.  While Washington State prosecutors & toxicologists will claim that a defendant's breath alcohol reading, provided subsequent to a DUI arrest, is entirely accurate, this is often not the case.  When selecting a Snohomish County or King County DUI lawyer, it is important that your attorney is highly skilled and knowledgeable of the factors that can affect one's breath alcohol reading.

If you or anyone you know has been arrested for DUI, don't hesitate to contact Veitch Ault & Associates immediately (425-452-1600) to give yourself the best opportunity to fight for your charge.

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Robert J. Ault

Rob's status as one of the premier DUI defense lawyers in the state includes being repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star.


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