If you have been stopped by the police for a DUI, you may have been asked to take a Portable Breath Test (PBT) before being taken into custody. This test is one of many used by the police to see if there is enough probable cause or reasonable suspicion to arrest you for DUI. Call the Law Offices of Michelle A. Fioravanti at 484-876-1543 or contact us to discuss if you were given a PBT before being arrested for DUI.
Use of PBT in DUI Arrests in Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, Lancaster, Berks and Bucks County Pennsylvania
The portable breath test may be used by police in a DUI stop to determine if there is sufficient cause to request more reliable chemical testing. The test is given by having a person suspected of being DUI blow into a handheld device. The results from the PBT are not admissible at your DUI trial and normally are only used to obtain probable cause to request more reliable the testing such as a blood test at the hospital or breath tests at the barracks or police station. The PBT should not be confused with the breath test that is admissible at trial, described on our Breath or Blood Test page.
The only way to know if the police properly administered the PBT is to make an appointment with an experienced Pennsylvania DUI lawyer. Call the Law Offices of Michelle A. Fioravanti at 484-876-1543 or contact us for a free initial consultation to learn more about the portable breath test. As your Pennsylvania DUI criminal defense lawyer, we will provide experienced and aggressive representation you can trust. Your DUI case is important, and it will receive the personal attention it deserves.