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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Georgia's new breath testing device for DUI drivers

Beginning in the fall of 2013, Georgia began to put into service the new breath machine, the Intoxilyzer 9000. Police officers in the state of Georgia are getting training on the new machines. It is important for anyone charged with DUI based on the Intoxilyzer 9000 to have an attorney trained to properly challenge the new breath machines.

Changes

The Intoxilyzer 9000 has several substantial differences in operation than the Intoxilyzer 5000. Among Intoxilyzer 9000these changes is the increased information available on the printout and the manner in which the device tests the breath sample. The Intoxilyzer 9000 utilizes a dry gas delivery system to verify the accuracy of the results. In addition, the Intoxilyzer 9000 has fewer filters and different technology that could impact the accuracy of the breath sample. The list of changes and possible defenses is too numerous to include in the space available.

The new breath testing device raises many evidentiary questions for the experienced and skilled defense attorney to pursue. It is extremely important for the DUI attorney to know and understand the science involved in breath testing, the mechanics involving the new machine, and all of the possible defenses to the Intoxilyzer 9000.

DUI Attorney must know the differences between devices Anyone charges with DUI must have an attorney who has been trained on the Intoxilyzer 5000 and the Intoxilyzer 9000. It is also important that the attorney understand the differences between the devices and the defenses to the Intoxilyzer 9000. The officers are being trained to operate the device, but they have very little training in the actual science behind the operation.

The conclusion is simple. My clients have an attorney trained and experienced enough to defend charges based on the changing technology. Do you?

For more information on this topic, contact Christopher Chapman or call 770-389-4864. Christopher Chapman specializes in DUI defense and his office is in Stockbridge, Georgia (Henry county).

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