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Understanding the Datamaster DMT: A Closer Look at Breath Alcohol Testing in DUI Cases

Posted by John Roberson III | Jan 15, 2024 | 0 Comments

When you hear about DUI cases, the star witness is often a machine – the Datamaster DMT. This device is like a detective in a box, sniffing out blood alcohol content (BAC) from a person's breath. Let's unravel the mystery of the Datamaster DMT, especially its role in DUI cases in Alaska.

The Datamaster DMT: Unpacking the BAC Black Box How does this gadget work? Well, the Datamaster DMT is a breathalyzer that's all about infrared spectroscopy. Here's the lowdown:

  • Grabbing a Sample: You blow into the machine, and it takes a snapshot of your breath, possibly laced with alcohol.
  • Infrared Detective Work: Next, it shines infrared light through your breath. Alcohol has this neat (or not so neat) trick of soaking up some of that light.
  • BAC Math: The device calculates how much light got absorbed and converts that into your BAC.s.

Keeping it Honest: Accuracy and Calibration This machine needs a health check regularly. Calibration is key. Law enforcement has to keep it tuned up to ensure it's giving the real scoop.

When the Datamaster DMT Goes to Court While it's a go-to gadget, the Datamaster DMT isn't perfect. Defense attorneys sometimes have a field day poking holes in its story:

  • Human Error: If the officer fumbles the test or skips a step, that can muddle the results.
  • Glitches and Hiccups: Like any tech, the Datamaster DMT can have its off days with malfunctions or calibration slips.
  • Health Interference: Some health conditions can throw a wrench in the works, giving false high readings.
  • Mouth Alcohol: If you've just used mouthwash or had dental work, it can leave a boozy signature in your mouth that the machine might misread.

Conclusion: Not Infallible Tool The Datamaster DMT is a heavyweight in DUI cases, but it's not unbeatable. It gives a snapshot of someone's BAC, but there are many moving parts. If you're facing a DUI charge because of a Datamaster DMT reading, it's worth getting a savvy lawyer who knows how to question its tale.

Just a heads up, this is for your info. If you're in deep water with a DUI charge, get a lawyer who can dive into the specifics of your case.

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John Roberson III

10+ YEARS OF COMBINED CRIMINAL DEFENSE EXPERIENCE 35+ CRIMINAL JURY TRIALS 500+ CASES ANDCHARGES RESOLVED 18+ YEARSIN ALASKA Experienced & Aggressive Criminal Lawyer About Law Office of John H. Roberson III, LLC John brings diverse experience, dedication, and legal knowledge to each ca...


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