Once arrested for a DUI in Florida, the police will conduct a breath test to determine the level of alcohol in your breath. The Intoxilyzer 8000 is the breath alcohol machine used by the police in Florida and is the only machine approved for use by the courts. The Intoxilyzer 8000 is a simple computer that obtains its results through old technology. This machine and its source code can be challenged for accuracy and reliability. Many factors affect the accuracy of the machine, such as outside temperature, physical activity and your health. The scientific community has had difficulty testing the accuracy and reliability of the machine’s procedures due to the unavailability of this information to anyone except law enforcement agencies.
In addition to being old technology, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement requires and conducts certification of the Intoxilyzer 8000 and the operator. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement also requires routine maintenance to be conducted on the Intoxilyzer 8000 machines and sets out specific guidelines for its use. The results of a breath test given by the Intoxilyzer 8000 can be excluded from use in court for any failure to abide by these requirements or any of the specific guidelines.
Whether the results of the Intoxilyzer 8000 are inaccurate due to failure to meet legal requirements or other outside factors, our attorneys have successfully challenged the use of these results in DUI cases. As this defense continues to develop, it is important to contact our attorneys today at 1-888-781-9696 to discuss how this defense will work for you.