Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) & The Alcohol Influence Report

When an individual blows into the breathalyzer, a result is recorded by the machine whether it is a valid blood alcohol content (BAC) reading or an error message. The result is reflected in a report referred to as an Alcohol Influence Report (“AIR”). It is important to stress that an AIR is not susceptible to human manipulation and is generated automatically by the Alcotest 7710 breath test device once someone blows into the machine. The results of all tests conducted during an approximately six (6) month period (i.e. all the BAC readings and/or error messages) are tracked by the machine and are available for download, along with the related alcohol influence reports. Although an individual accused of driving while intoxicated or refusing to submit to a breath test is supposed to be provided with a copy of his or her AIR following an arrest, this rarely occurs. The services of NJ DWI defense lawyers is typically required in order to obtain the report and discover the actual BAC readings that were blown. If you require assistance obtaining the report or in defense of DWI charges, attorneys at our firm are available 24/7 for free consultation at 877-450-8301.

What Is Contained in An Alcohol Influence Report (AIR)?

The format of an AIR is exactly the same for every blood alcohol content breath test conducted in New Jersey. The report bears a sequential number that is automatically generated by the Alcotest once the machine is put into operation. The operator must then input background information regarding the accused including his or her name, date of birth, height and weight, and drivers license number. The report also includes the calibration information mandated by State v. Chung. The introduction time of the ambient blank (i.e. air injected to purge the machine), the time and result of the first control test and the time and result of actual breath samples (i.e. BAC) are also reflected on the report. The blood alcohol content is reflected on the report on two bases — on an elelectrochemical basis (EC) and an infrared basis (IR). Once two (2) valid breath test readings are recorded, another control test is conducted and recorded on the AIR. The Alcotest then computes a “reported breath test result” which equates to the lowest of the BAC readings recorded on the AIR.

What Does An AIR Look Like?

The following is a sample alcohol influence report to give you an idea of the format of the document.

Lawyers on our staff are ready to aggressively pursue and anaylyze all of the issues with respect to the AIR in your case. The truth is that the best way to succeed in a DWI case is to focus on each and every issue that may allow the alcohol influence report to be excluded from evidence at the time of a potential trial. We are successful in achieving this result in a much higher percentage of cases than you might think and our attorneys would welcome the opportunity to obtain the same result for you. Give us a call for a free initial consultation.