In Florida, when a DUI suspect’s breath alcohol level is tested, one of the most common instruments used is known as the Intoxilyzer 8000. It measures the infrared light absorbed by ethyl alcohol within a breath sample given by a DUI suspect. However, since it does not specifically measure for ethyl alcohol, any organic molecule within the “methyl” “propyl” and “butyl” groups of organic compounds will absorb infrared light, possibly leading to an unreliable measurement.
Concerns Regarding the Intoxilyzer 8000
Despite concerns regarding the Intoxilyzer 8000, it is still the state’s only approved breathalyzer model. There have also been instances of tampering, which called the validity of the Intoxilyzer 8000’s results into question. A Florida Department of Law Enforcement examiner was fired in 2008 after it was discovered that the examiner manipulated test results by unplugging the machine, resulting in potentially many convictions of innocent individuals.
One of the biggest concerns regarding this instrument has been over the source code for its software, which the manufacturer refuses to disclose for review. Unfortunately, despite all the controversy surrounding this instrument, it is still used to convict hundreds and thousands of individuals charged with DUI offenses. If you were charged with a DUI, it is crucial to hire an experienced attorney to handle your case and discuss your legal options. Given the problems surrounding this instrument, your results may not be accurate, thus giving you a solid defense against these charges.
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If you are facing DUI charges, it is essential to retain experienced legal counsel to represent you and protect your rights and future. At the Law Offices of Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A., our team is committed to providing aggressive legal advocacy and is backed by more than 45 years of combined experience. We understand how overwhelming it can be to face these charges and will work closely with you to create the most effective strategies on your behalf.
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