In general in a DUI case, in Kentucky courts, the results of the portable breathalyzer are admissible to show the presence of alcohol but the level of the results are not admissible, even though KRS 189A.104 states that "the only alcohol or substance testing that is subject to refusal or enhancement of penalties provided for in this chapter is: (a) Breath analysis testing by a machine installed, tested, and maintained by the Commonwealth for that specific purpose at a police station or detention facility;"
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Handheld breathalyzer, also known as PBT (portable breath tests) are generally not admissible in court in Kentucky other than to show presence of alcohol. Talk to a local criminal defense lawyer. If you were not charged with anything, you may want to seek a civil rights attorney. The police do not have right to hold you in jail without any charges.
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There are several issues here. Have your attorney locate Allen vs. Commonwealth, which addressed the portable breath test/results re: admissibility:
Allen v. Commonwealth of Kentucky - DUI Lawyers Network
Allen v. Commonwealth of Kentucky. 10/25/1991. This is an appeal from a ... motion to suppress the results of a preliminary breath test and a blood alcohol test.
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