I have a tongue piercing that has both plastic and metal parts. I soak them in listerene (which has alcohol in it) before changing it. I blew a .11 on a breathalyzer after having a mixed drink however I changed my piercing a few hours prior. Could that have effected it?
Your .11 breathalyzer is .03 over the legal limit for a DWI stop in New Hampshire. By speculation on my part only it is difficult to believe that the .03 difference could be attributed to the alcohol in Listerine from a few hours prior. However, many factors go into the determination as to whether a DWI case is triable not the least of which include observations of operation by law enforcement, field sobriety testing and many others. Many of us believe the breathalyzer itself is based on junk science and does not relate reliably to actual blood alcohol. But, bringing that issue before a jury, as well as the alcohol-in-the-tongue-ring-mouthwash defense will require retaining a toxicologist willing to testify. Consult with a DWI attorney in the NH seacoast region and best wishes.
I sincerely doubt that your piercing would affect your breathalyzer test. I suggest that you retain criminal defense counsel if you wish to defend against this charge.
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