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More Problems with the Alcohol Testing Program in Florida

For years, the State of Florida Alcohol Testing Program, a division of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been denying that they possessed the software used in the Intoxilyzer 8000 in Florida.  When the Intoxilyzer 8000 first starting being used in Florida the software in it was version 8100.26.  Many judges throughout the State ordered FDLE to disclose the software in their possession.  In response the State allegedly sent all copies of the software back to CMI, the manufacturer ... Read More »

Breath Alcohol Doesn’t Exist!

An essential fundamental of experimental science is that if something can’t be measured, it does not exist. One noteworthy scientist, Mr. William H. George, phrased it this way: “[S]cience is measurement. If I cannot make measurements, I cannot study a problem scientifically.”[i] Understanding this primary tenant, a follow-up question might be; how precise must a measurement be in order to study something scientifically, and furthermore, if the thing being studied is not measured precisely, then does it exist at all?  ... Read More »

Breathalyzers and the “Mouth Alcohol” Problem

One of the most common causes of falsely high breathalyzer readings in DUI cases is the existence of mouth alcohol. The breathalyzer’s internal computer is making a major assumption when it captures a breath sample and then analyzes it for blood alcohol concentration (BAC): It assumes that the alcohol in the breath sample came from alveolar air — that is, air exhaled from deep within the lungs. Since we are trying to measure how much alcohol is in the DUI suspect’s blood, rather ... Read More »

Paying Police to Arrest You! A growing trend in Virginia.

You decide to go it alone – skip hiring a DWI defense attorney – and you get convicted of a DWI.  You pay a $250 fine that becomes almost $500 with court costs.  You pay a $300 entry fee for the Alcohol Safety and Action Program and even more for treatment and classes.  You pay $600 to $800 for ignition interlock so that you can begin to drive again.  You pay a DMV reinstatement fee.                 You file for FR44 ... Read More »

Florida switches from Frye to Daubert

Beginning July 1, 2013 Florida law changed.  Florida had been using the Frye standard; however, we have now switched to what is known as the Daubert standard.  The Daubert standard comes from the Supreme Court’s 1993 decision in Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The old standard, Frye, focused on the underlying scientific principles looking to see if they are sufficiently established and have gained general acceptance in their field.  Florida’s new law is found in section 90.702 which was ... Read More »

McNeely and Forced Blood Draws in Virginia

Under the implied consent law in Virginia, you are required to give a breath or blood test if an officer arrests you for driving under the influence. If you’ve been in an accident and end up at a hospital, the officer will usually ask for a blood test. You have the power to refuse, but will then face a separate refusal charge with additional penalties. The officer then has a choice to obtain a warrant for a forced blood test, ... Read More »

Learning DUI Science

When defending a person charged with DUI, one of the most important questions is whether or not they submitted to a breath, blood, or urine test.  Because the truth of the matter is that it is sometimes difficult to win when there is, for example, a blood test showing a BAC of .13%.  But as law enforcement agencies strive to make DUI detection more scientific, the pitfalls become more evident; and there are plenty of them. Generally speaking, the scientific ... Read More »

MAINE PROM & GRADUATION SEASON 2013

It is that time of year again.  It has taken forever, but it is spring!  Hopefully summer will be here before the Fourth of July.  And with that comes more young people out and about, particularly those that are attending prom and graduation ceremonies.  If you are under the age of 21, PLEASE remember that involving drugs and/or alcohol in your celebration not only doubles the danger but it doubles the consequences too. In Maine, the “Zero Tolerance” law as ... Read More »

Massachusetts & Bad Breath: A Conundrum

A question often asked of jurors during jury selection is any variation of the following: “do any of you feel it is against the law to have something to drink and then get behind the wheel?  Slogans broadcast across many states, including Massachusetts, would lead you to believe it is in fact illegal to have a drink and drive: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving You Booze, You Cruise, You Lose Bad Breath is a Crime in Massachusetts However, defense attorneys ... Read More »