Can a medical condition affect Breathalyzer test results?

Can a medical condition affect Breathalyzer test results?

Many outside factors can affect the results of Breathalyzers used in Somerset County traffic stops. For example, if you recently used mouthwash or applied toothache medicine, it could lead to a false positive. In another example, the presence of chemicals like solvents or even paints may also affect your test results.

You may not know this, but some medical conditions may also return false-positive Breathalyzer results. Knowing about these conditions may help you defend yourself from a DWI conviction in New Jersey.

Auto brewery syndrome can make you intoxicated

Also called gut fermentation syndrome, this strange and rare disorder causes sugary and starchy substances in your gut to ferment. It does not just mimic intoxication; it can actually make you drunk. However, since it is a valid medical condition, patients with the syndrome can use it to defend against a DWI conviction.

Other illnesses that can affect Breathalyzer results include:

  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Chronic heartburn
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Disorders that affect blood sugar, such as hypoglycemia and diabetes

On a related note, your diet can play a role in inaccurate Breathalyzer readings. For example, if your doctor orders you to engage in fasting before a medical appointment, it may lead to a false positive.

If you get pulled over for a field sobriety test, be sure to alert the officer about any medical condition you have, even those not mentioned in this post. You want to have it on record that you informed the police about anything that could affect your Breathalyzer test. It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with DWI laws and possible penalties in New Jersey. 

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