Breath test used for DWI in Kansas City
Written by: Christopher Yotz
Evidence from a breath testing machine is often used to support a charge of Driving While Intoxicated. There are a handful of machines approved in Missouri but the most likely machines used in a DWI in the Kansas City area are the Datamaster, Intoxilyzer 5000 and the Alco-Sensor IV. The machine attempts to decipher the alcohol content of your blood based on the alcohol content of your breath. I realize this sounds a bit tenuous. I agree. However, the courts often accept these breath test results without much question as if it’s magic.
There are some steps that have to be shown in order to use the results of the machine in either the criminal case or the license suspension action. The machine must have been run through the maintenance check process by someone with a valid permit within 30 days prior to the test event. The officer operating the machine for the test must also be certified to operate the machine and must operate it according to the proper procedures. There can be other issues with the validity of breath testing results which is why you need to hire an attorney who knows how to fight these cases.
If you have been charged with DWI in Kansas City or anywhere in the metro area there may be ways to contest the validity of a breath testing machine. It requires knowledge of the law surrounding admission of any breath testing results and the machines themselves. Attorney Chris Yotz has prevented the admission of breath machines in DWI cases for people just like you. Contact the attorney today to help you defend your rights.