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TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REGARDING BREATH TEST ADMISSIBILITY IN MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts defense attorneys and prosecutors have reached a tentative agreement, pending approval and modification by the court, regarding sanctions imposed against the government for refusing to disclose court-ordered evidence during state-wide litigation challenging the reliability of the Dräger 9510 breath test machines. Under a previous court order, breath tests results were presumptively excluded from evidence at trial if the machine had last been calibrated between June 1, 2011 and September 14, 2014. As a result of government misconduct, however, where ... Read More »

Thousands Of Breath Tests Are Ruled Inadmissible

According to an August 16, 2018 Salem News article, prosecutors across Massachusetts have agreed to stop using the results of the breath test from 2011 through 2017 over concerns of calibration issues. What is more disturbing is that officials attempted to hide these issues from both defense lawyers and prosecutors. Apparently a laboratory employee had not calibrated the devices, Draeger models 9510, to the proper range for margin of error. This ultimately resulted in the dismissal of more then 34,000 ... Read More »

Forced Catheterization: Medically Acceptable and Reasonable?

Imagine you are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI or DWI). The Officer decides he has probable cause to arrest you for DUI, and pursuant to your state’s implied consent law, he requests that you provide a sample of urine to determine the alcohol and/or drug contents in your system. Again, he specifically requests a urine test, not a breath test or a blood test to determine the amount of alcohol, prescribed medication, ... Read More »

CLOSING ARGUMENTS AT MASSACHUSETTS HEARING CHALLENGING RELIABILITY OF DRAEGER ALCOTEST 9510 BREATH TEST MACHINES

The hearing regarding the scientific reliability of the Draeger Alcotest 9510 breath test machines concluded with closing arguments on Friday, February 3. The defense bar argued that because the relevant statute states that simply driving with a .08 blood alcohol concentration, as measured by the 9510 machine, is enough for a conviction, regardless of the tolerance an individual driver may have or any effect on their driving, the reliability of the machines should be subject to the highest scrutiny. The ... Read More »

MORE PROBLEMS WITH DRAEGER ALCOTEST 9510 BREATH TEST MACHINES IN MASSACHUSETTS

On Friday, February 3, the final day of hearings regarding the scientific reliability of the Draeger Alcotest 9510 breath test machines, a representative from Draeger testified that a previously unknown error appears to have been caused because the machines were programmed to use an incorrect value during performance checks and calibration. The 9510 machines use two sensors to measure blood alcohol: An infrared sensor, as required by statute, and an electro-chemical fuel cell. During calibration, the measurements of the two ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS HIGH COURT SCHEDULES HEARING REGARDING EVIDENCE OF DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has scheduled a hearing for January 6, 2017 to hear argument regarding the relevance and admissibility of certain evidence regarding driving under the influence of marijuana. After the case was remanded to the district court for consideration of several questions raised by the high court, it has returned to the SJC after the issues seem to have been distilled to four key questions. Primarily, the court will hear arguments regarding whether there is a scientifically ... Read More »

A Marijuana Breath Testing Device?

Breath testing devices are commonly used by police officers in their pursuit to enforce Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI/OUI, etc.) laws across the nation. These devices not only detect the presence of ethanol, but also attempt to quantify the amount of alcohol in one’s blood. Every state has adopted a per se limit of .08 percent of alcohol in the person’s blood. This means that if a person has a blood alcohol level (breath tests are also commonly used to ... Read More »

TEXTING VS. DRINKING WHILE DRIVING: LOL OR SOL?

  On November 8, 2014, University of Oregon linebacker Joe Walker returned a fumble one hundred (100) yards against the University of Utah for a touchdown.[1] Both football fans and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agree—this is a long distance. A NHTSA report states that “sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent—when traveling at 55 mph—of driving the length of an entire football field while ... Read More »

Massachusetts Implied Consent

Do you hold a Massachusetts license? If so, know that you have already consented to taking a breath or a blood test if you are ever arrested for operating under the influence (OUI). Meaning, it is implied that if you have a MA driver’s license, you consent to a chemical test. Even if you do not hold a MA driver’s license, but are arrested for OUI in MA, you are also subject to MA’s implied consent law. You have every ... Read More »

Sealing or Expunging your Massachusetts Record

You may be wondering if it is possible to have your OUI conviction expunged from your record.  The short answer is no.  An expungement order is a court order to remove and destroy records so that no trace of the information remains.  There are two instances, as it relates to DUI, where your record may be expunged.  First, a judge may have your name changed to “John or Jane Doe” on the criminal complaint and expunge your record if someone was charged ... Read More »