Flying under the influence?

Posted by Richard Lawson | May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Recently, a pilot working for a major airline was removed from his shift when others noticed an odor of alcohol on his breath.  He submitted to a breathalyzer and was found to be at the .05 blood alcohol level.  While it takes a .08 on a breath test to constitute an unlawful blood alcohol in Forsyth County for driving under the influence, those with commercial drivers licenses are subject to a .04 standard when they are operating their commercial vehicles.  Accordingly, a .05 is considered too high for a pilot to be flying. 

On the other hand, breath tests are often unreliable.  Operator error, as well as machine maintenance error, can lead to incorrect results.  In addition, certain factors like mouth alcohol, mints or mouth wash, temperature, and radio frequencies can affect the validity of a roadside breath test.  While prosecuting attorneys in Forsyth County and other jurisdiction can blindly rely on a breath test, a thorough DUI attorney knows that there are many avenues of attack on such tests.

If you are facing a Forsyth County DUI and feel that the breathalyzer was incorrect, call DUI lawyer Richard Lawson to discuss the details of your arrest.  Mr. Lawson has has great success in getting breath tests and  field sobriety tests excluded and cases reduced to less serious offenses.  Mr. Lawson has helped thousands of clients get the best possible outcome in their DUI case. 

About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment