Dayton DUI Law: The GERD Defense

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Regurgitation and Reflux are not the same thing!  Reflux is the movement of ethanol vapor back up the esophagus from the stomach which has the ability to contaminate a breath sample.  The defendant who suffers from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) will not exhibit outward signs of distress or other signs which a breath testing technician would likely notice.  The surging ethanol vapor can cause an elevated reading on an evidential breath testing device.  The elevated test can appear following a valid and conscientious observation period.  Because the evidential breath testing device cannot distinguish contaminated air from deep-lung alveolar air, it registers a reading which can be incredibly higher than observational evidence (i.e. the standardized field sobriety tests) would suggest.

Do you have GERD? Do you have a verifiable diagnosis?  Have you been on prescription medication for this disorder?  If you answered yes to these questions, have your Ohio OVI attorney consider the science behind a reflux-based defense.  Attorney Charles M. Rowland II is certified in Forensic Sobriety Assessment, has been trained in the administration and evaluation of the standardized field sobriety testing, and has attended the National College for DUI Defense Forensic DUI Science national seminar where he was trained in presenting science based drunk driving defenses.  In addition, Charles M. Rowland has been certified on the operation, calibration and maintenance of the  Intoxilyzer 8000 and the BAC DataMaster breath testing machines.  Ohio drunk driving attorney Charles M. Rowland can be reached by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (1-888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  Visit www.DaytonDUI.com, www.SpringfieldDUI.com, www.OhioDUIdefense.com, www.KetteringDUI.com, www.BeavercreekDUI.com, www.FairbornDUI.com,  www.VandaliaDUI.com, www.HuberHeightsDUI.comwww.MiamisburgDUI.com, www.XeniaDUI.com or www.CharlesRowland.com.  Immediate help is available by filling out the CONTACT form on any of these pages.

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