At the Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson, I have been helping people who were arrested for drunk driving for more than twenty-five years. If you have been arrested for DUI in the Pittsburgh area, it is extremely important to retain a knowledgeable DUI lawyer who understands how to defend a person who has been arrested for driving under the influence in and around Pittsburgh.
Because of the growing number of DUI arrests in Allegheny County and the leniency that the city has more recently shown with outdoor events where alcohol freely flows, getting busted for DUI is something that seems to have been happening far more frequently in Pittsburgh over the past few years. If you have been taken into custody for the DUI, there is an important number that will ultimately decide the details of your arrest. That number is your blood alcohol content, otherwise known as your BAC, and it represents the amount of alcohol that a Breathalyzer calculates is in your bloodstream at the time you are arrested. BAC levels play a large part in the extent of your probation, jail time, fines, and/or house arrest. For example, blowing a .08% BAC will render much more lenient results than blowing a .16% BAC. Breathalyzers, just like any other computer, are never perfect. They can easily malfunction and wear down over time. The Breathalyzer must undergo frequent, careful calibration to ensure it properly works; however, this is not always the case. A police officer can go weeks without using his or her Breathalyzer. In that time, if the Breathalyzer is dropped or misused in any way, its next use can cause faulty readings.
The problem is that there is no one to police a malfunctioning Breathalyzer; therefore, without a good defense, the judge has no other choice but to take the BAC reading as absolute. In addition, there are chemicals people put in their bodies that are perfectly legal, but that may produce a BAC level over the legal limit or trigger a false-positive. Cops make mistakes In addition to faulty Breathalyzer readings, police officers can make errors as well. This usually comes in the form of procedural mistakes. With an adept attorney, the police officer in question may have to prove they had a valid reason to stop you in the first place. They must also observe for a certain amount of time before they take you into custody. And, most importantly, you must be read your rights and be made aware of all proper warnings. Most people have no idea if their arresting police officer made a mistake because they are too overwhelmed with emotion or fearful of what is about to follow.
If you have questions about drunk driving in Pittsburgh, call The Law Offices of Gary E. Gerson today for a free consultation at 412-219-6875.