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Can a smartphone app help you avoid a drunk driving conviction?

The holiday season is known for holiday parties just as much as they are for gift-giving and family dinners. Between office holiday parties and college students coming home for winter break, there are likely to be more people on the road who may be under the influence of alcohol. Because of this possibility, there are likely to be more drunk driving patrols.

At this time of year, law enforcement agencies are actively looking for drunk drivers. After all, no one wants to be part of a drunk driving accident. But unfortunately, they happen. 

A popular adage about drunk driving accidents is that they are entirely preventable. One smartphone device is adding more truth to that saying. The Alcohoot is a breath testing device that can attach to one’s phone. It has a small tube that the user blows into and the readings can be seen on the phone. The device’s maker claims that the Alcohoot can provide results similar to Breathalyzers used by law enforcement agencies.

With a nominal cost, the Alcohoot and many of its brethren are affordable. It is unknown whether consumers are using them regularly, but they appear to be useful devices that can give a driver a reasonable chance at staying within the law even though they are enjoying a drink while out on the town.

Nevertheless, if you have the misfortune of being stopped (and arrested) on suspicion of drunk driving, there may be some defenses that could apply to your situation. An experienced attorney can advise you.

The preceding is not legal advice. 

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