When the police suspect that a person is driving while intoxicated, they will often administer a breath test. If the machine used to conduct the test does not comply with the parameters defined by law, though, a DWI defendant may be able to argue that the results are inaccurate and should be suppressed. Recently, a New Jersey court issued an opinion in which it explained the requirements for proving a breath test was performed via a proper device, in a matter in which it affirmed the defendant’s conviction. If you are accused of a DWI offense, it is wise to meet with a New Jersey DWI defense lawyer to discuss your options for seeking a just result.
The Defendant’s Arrest
It is reported that the police were dispatched to investigate a collision. When they arrived at the scene of the accident, they determined the defendant had been driving one of the vehicles. When they spoke with him, they observed that he smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. They asked the defendant to submit to a field sobriety test, and he refused.
Allegedly, the defendant was arrested and charged with DWI. He was transported to the police station, where a breath test revealed his blood alcohol content to be 0.11%, which was over the legal limit. As such, he was charged with DWI. He was convicted as charged and then filed an appeal. Continue reading