On Friday, I attended a seminar specifically dealing with the Intoxilyzer 8000, the official Breath Test machine used in Florida. Prosecutors like to call the machine a breath test instrument, but we all know it's a machine with many problems and short comings. By attending these seminars, it allows me to keep up to date with the latest issues, problems, and arguments the prosecutors are making regarding breath test results and DUI's in Florida. The more knowledge a DUI attorney has regarding the breath test machine, the better results my client's receive.
The seminar was conducted by Matthew Malhiot of Forensic Alcohol & Training. Mr. Malhiot is a former Department Inspector with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Alcohol Testing Program. His duties including developing software for the breath test machine, procedures to insure the reliability of the Intoxilyzer, inspecting the breath test machine, and all aspects of Florida's breath testing program. The topics covered in the DUI seminar included:
- A detailed look at the Intoxilyzer 8000 - Inside and out
- How does the breath test machine work - Infrared absorption and the science behind the breath test machine
- The menu options on the machine for the Breath Test Operator, Agency Inspector, and Department Inspector
- Instrument messages - why is the machine failing and making mistakes?
- Limitations of Forensic Breath Analysis and issues with breath alcohol testing
- The Agency and Department Inspections - the monthly and yearly inspections that must be performed to insure the breath test machine is accurate
- How to perform or give someone a breath test
- How to use FDLE's Alcohol testing Program website to find the information DUI attorneys need to fight a DUI criminal charge
A DUI defense attorney has to schedule around court and pay to attend these seminars. However, it is vital for me to attend these seminars and network with DUI attorneys from across the state. It is important to know more about the breath test machine and DUI law than the prosecutors so that my clients get the best defense to their DUI case. No other DUI attorneys from Polk County attended this seminar. All attorneys in Florida are required to undergo at least 30 hours of continuing legal education every 3 years. I currently have 102.5 hours in less than a year because knowledge is so important when defending a DUI or criminal charge.
If you have been arrested for DUI, call a Polk County DUI defense lawyer that is ready and has the knowledge to fight for you in court!
Thomas C. Grajek 863-838-5549 cell
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