For drivers in Arizona, the thought of being Breathalyzed can often be a worrying one. Of course, theoretically it should not be a problem if you are not over the legal limit. However, even if you have had nothing to drink at all, you may be concerned that the machine could malfunction and give a false reading. As a result, you may then be charged and face the taxing process of a criminal investigation.
One thing to remember is that you do not have to submit to a breath test. However, the problem with refusing is that by holding a driver’s license, you are bound by implied consent laws. This means that if you do not agree to the test, you may have your license revoked. As such, you may decide it is safer to simply take the test.
If you disagree with the test’s result, there are a number of things you can do. You may decide to inquire about the maintenance records of the machine. You could even request a blood draw in hope that it provides a more accurate result. Whatever the case, it is important to remember that all is not lost and that you are considered innocent under law unless proven otherwise beyond all reasonable doubt.
Our page on blood alcohol tests has more detailed information on the options available to you. An attorney could also be invaluable. He or she may be able to advise you on the best course of action to take and help you decide which aspects of your arrest my need to be investigated further or called into question to help your case.