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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 »

UPDATE ON DRAEGER LITIGATION

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently modified the scheduling order set by the District Court Department regarding the defense bar’s challenge to the scientific reliability of the Draeger Alcotest 9510 breath test machines. Justice Botsford, citing the complex nature of the matter, extended the litigation into next year. The modified schedule allows the defense bar more time to examine the machines and for all parties to produce and review expert opinions. Pursuant to the modified schedule, the defense bar must ... Read More »

Kansas Criminal Refusal Law in Limbo

In February of 2016 the Supreme Court of the State of Kansas declared Kansas’ criminal refusal statue unconstitutional. In State of Kansas v. Ryce, State of Kansas v. Wycoff, State of Kansas v. Nece and State of Kansas v. Wilson, the Supreme Court found K.S.A 8-1025 (criminalizing the refusal of a chemical test) Facially Unconstitutional. The Court relied on violations of Due Process and the Doctrine of Unconstitutional Conditions, in finding the statute facially Unconstitutional. The ruling remains very much ... Read More »

An Alcohol Monitoring…Tattoo?

As DUI defense practitioners are well aware, a transdermal monitoring device such as a “SCRAM” device (a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring Device) is a prevalent but sometimes onerous tool in the bond condition, plea bargaining and sentencing processes. A client may be ordered to wear a SCRAM device ankle bracelet prior to trial, during probation, or as part of a compromised resolution of the case. The transdermal monitoring device continuously monitors a person’s blood alcohol level through skin contact ... Read More »

Florida Breath Testers Not Registered

Stephen Daniels of DUI UNDO Consultants has announced a new challenge he discovered while spending time trolling the Florida Administrative Rules regarding breath testing in Florida.  Under Florida Administrative Code section 11D-8 which covers the testing of substances for alcohol in DUI cases, an evidentary breath test instrument must be registered prior to use.  The rules under 11D8-004(4) state that Department Inspectors shall be employed… to register evidentary breath test instruments…  Until the last 30 registrations, all breath test instruments ... Read More »

Can Body Temperature Affect Breath Test Results?

Law enforcement DUI investigation techniques depend largely upon the fictitious premise that all humans are physiologically identical. Without that presumption, field sobriety and breath alcohol tests would not be possible. There are, of course, many examples of physiological differences — from person to person and within one person from moment to moment — which will directly alter breath or blood alcohol testing in DUI investigations. A few examples are diabetes, GERD (acid reflux), anemia — even sex and race create ... Read More »

Why do I have to pay Virginia a “License Reinstatement Fee”?

Why do I have to pay a !@#$%^&* Virginia “License Reinstatement Fee” when I don’t even have a Virginia License? We’ve had a ton of these questions lately. Usually at least a couple of the caller’s favorite expletives are inserted as they rehearse all the costs they have already paid for a Virginia DWI: court fines & fees, ASAP & treatment fees, FR-44 insurance fees, and possibly even reimbursement of arrest costs to the city or county that arrested them ... Read More »

Breath Test Calibration Questioned

In a recent article published by WSMV-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, several Nashville defense lawyers are challenging the results of a specific breath testing device because of some calibration issues with the device that may have affected the results of the breath test. Calibration is a comparison of measurements – often of known samples so that when unknown samples are tested, they will be presumed to be accurate. The breath test device in question is the EC/IR II that is manufactured ... Read More »

Factors Affecting Oklahoma Intoxilyzer and Breathalyzer Tests

Breathing into a Intoxilyzer can feel like testifying against oneself. From the perspective of the person being subject to a breath test, there is no reasoning with it, and no arguing against it. Our faith in modern technology means that technology cannot lie. Or so police officers, prosecutors and their expert witnesses would like you to believe. But is that really the case? Are breathalyzer/Intoxilyzer tests infallible? Part of establishing the existence of a reasonable doubt when it comes to ... Read More »

Felony DUI Law Coming to Colorado?

Last year, Senate Democrats in Colorado killed a bill that would have made repeat DUI offenses a felony offense in Colorado, much to the surprise and chagrin of the proposed law’s supporters. But now a Weld County state representative is trying again, with a new bill that, if passed, would classify a charged driver’s third DUI in seven years as a class 4 felony.  A class 4 felony carries a 2-6 year prison sentence followed by a mandatory 5 year period of parole.  The ... Read More »